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Santa Maria

Santa María, officially known as the Municipality of Santa Maria is a first class highly urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. It is the most populous municipality in Central Luzon and the 5th most populous in the Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 218,351 inhabitants in 48,946 households, or 7.5% of the total population of Bulacan.During the 1960s, Santa Maria was a little-known rustic area north of Metro Manila, with a rural economy that were still largely dependent on basic agriculture and family-owned enterprises for livelihood. The influence of commercialization and industrialization slowly took shape with the entry of local and foreign investors who were instrumental in the rapid economic and social transformation of the municipality.Today, Santa Maria enjoys the status of being the trade, business, religious, cultural, medical, institutional, transportation, industrial, and financial center of eastern Bulacan. It is considered as one of the four major growth centers in the province namely Malolos City on the west, Baliwag on the north, and Meycauayan City on the south. In 2015, it is also awarded by the National Competitiveness Council of the Philippines as the most competitive municipality in the country. As of September 2015, it has 30 banks with a total deposits amounting to PHP 16.47 billion .
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