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Ba Ria

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Bà Rịa is a city in Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu Province in the Southeast region of Vietnam. Bà Rịa is split from Vũng Tàu by a river crossed by Co May Bridge. This is the de jure seat of the province since most of the provincial administration agencies are located here. Bà Rịa officially became the provincial capital of Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu from May 2, 2012, replacing Vũng Tàu in that role.LocationBà Rịa is located 90 km east-south-east of Ho Chi Minh City, 20 km northwest of the petroleum city of Vũng Tàu. Bà Rịa borders Châu Đức District and part of Tân Thành District to the north, Vũng Tàu to the south, Long Điền District to the east, and Tân Thành District to the west. Bà Rịa has an area of 197.5 km², including seven urban wards (phường) (Long Toàn, Phước Hiệp, Phước Hưng, Phước Nguyên, Phước Trung, Long Hương, and Kim Dinh), and 3 rural communes (xã) (Hòa Long, Tân Hưng, and Long Phước). As of 2011, the town has 122,424 inhabitants, the density is 3500 hab/km².AdministrationThe city was promoted from the town of Bà Rịa to the capital city on 22 August 2012. The town was founded on 2 June 1994 from the split of the district of Châu Thành into districts of Châu Đức, Tân Thành, and Bà Rịa town. Many provincial agencies have been relocated from Vũng Tàu to Bà Rịa. By 2007, this city was a 3rd-class municipality in Vietnam and upgraded to 2nd-class municipality on 27 November 2014.
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