This vibrant city, once a quaint provincial town during the colonial times, now stands as a modern and bustling hub of wide array of industries. Known as the northern gateway to Metro Manila, a distinction which stems from having two major highways traversing the city, MacArthur Highway and the North Luzon Expressway, Valenzuela is regarded as one of the country's top residential, cultural and business destinations.
Location and Geography
The city is bordered by Quezon City and northern Caloocan City to the east; Malabon City and southern Caloocan City to the south; Obando in Bulacan province to the west; and Meycauayan City, also in Bulacan province, to the north.
Its global position is between 14"39' N latitude and 120"54' and 121"02 E longitude. The city’s highest elevation point is 38m above sea level, with an average elevation of 2.0m above sea level, and a surface gradient of 0.55%. The slope is level to gently undulating. Valenzuela has a total land area of 4,459.4 hectares, or 44.59 square kilometers.
As of 2007, Valenzuela has 568,948 residents, with a population density of 12,759.1/km2. The city is composed of 32 barangays, which are divided into two Congressional districts.