Ouest in Haiti
|o Type||Departmental Council|
|o Department||4,982.56 km2 (1,923.78 sq mi)|
|o Density||810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|ISO 3166 code||HT-OU|
Ouest (English: West, Haitian Creole: Lwès) is one of the ten departments of Haiti. It is the jurisdictional seat of the national capital, the city of Port-au-Prince. It has an area of 4,982.56 square kilometres (1,923.78 sq mi) and a population of 4,029,705 (2015 Estimate). It borders the Dominican Republic to the east.
(with 2009 Population Estimates in parentheses)
On 12 January 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck in the department, the largest in Haiti in two centuries. In the Port-au-Prince Arrondissement, many areas suffered damage. In the Léogâne Arrondissement, the city of Léogâne suffered 80-90% destruction. Other places in Léogâne were also affected.
Absolute poverty levels in the Ouest department are the lowest in the country.
Haiti's few public schools are located in Port-au-Prince.