Cojedes is one of the twenty-three states that, together with the Capital District and the Federal Dependencies, form the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Its capital is San Carlos. It is located in the center-northwest of the country, in the Central region of the country. It limits to the north with Yaracuy and Carabobo, to the east with Guárico, to the south with Barinas, to the west with Portuguesa and to the northwest with Lara. With 322,843 inhabitants, in 2011 it was the third least populated state, ahead of Delta Amacuro and Amazonas, with 9 autonomous municipalities and 15 civil parishes. Its main cities are: San Carlos, Tinaquillo, Tinaco, El Baúl, El Pao and Macapo.