Arima, officially The Royal Chartered Borough of Arima is the easternmost and second largest in area of the three boroughs of Trinidad and Tobago. It is geographically adjacent to Sangre Grande and Arouca at the south central foothills of the Northern Range. To the south is the Caroni–Arena Dam. Coterminous with Town of Arima since 1888, the borough of Arima is the fourth-largest municipality in population in the country (after Port of Spain, Chaguanas and San Fernando). The census estimated it had 33,606 residents in 2011.[3]

The Royal Chartered Borough of Arima
The Dial in the Central Business District
Coordinates: 10°38′N 61°17′W
Country Trinidad and Tobago
JurisdictionThe Royal Chartered Borough of Arima
Borough1 August 1888
Named forThe Amerindian word for Water. It was so named as Arima was built around a river.
  BodyArima Borough Corporation
  MayorCagney Casimire, PNM
  Deputy MayorVacant
Borough Corporation seats7 electoral districts
House seats1/41
  Borough12 km2 (5 sq mi)
Elevation68 m (223 ft)
  Density2,801/km2 (7,250/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (AST)
Postal Code
30xxxx, 36xxxx[2]
Area code(s)868
ISO 3166 codeTT-ARI
Telephone Exchange664, 667
HDI The HDI for Trinidad and Tobago is 0.814, which gives the country a rank of 19th out of 177 countries with data (2007/2008) – high

In 1887, the town petitioned Queen Victoria for municipal status as part of her Golden Jubilee celebration. This was granted in the following year, and Arima became a Royal Borough on 1 August 1888. Historically the third-largest town of Trinidad and Tobago, Arima is fourth since Chaguanas became the largest town in the country.