Los Andes, Chile

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Los Andes
Town hall of Los Andes
Town hall of Los Andes
Coat of arms of Los Andes
Coat of arms
Country Chile
RegionValparaíso
ProvinceLos Andes
Founded31 July 1791
Founded byAmbrosio O'Higgins
Government
 • TypeMunicipal council
 • AlcaldeMauricio Navarro Salinas
Area
 • Total1,248.3 km2 (482.0 sq mi)
Elevation833 m (2,733 ft)
Population
(2002 Census)[2]
 • Total60,198
 • Density48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Andino
Time zoneUTC−4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−3 (CLST)
Area code(s)56 + 34
WebsiteOfficial website

Los Andes is a Chilean commune and city; it is the capital and main city of the Los Andes province, in the Valparaíso region.

History[change | change source]

Los Andes was founded in July 31, 1791 as Villa Santa Rosa de Los Andes by Ambrosio O'Higgins, Governor of Chile, in a place called Las Piedras Paradas ("The Standing Stones"). The town was named after Saint Rose of Lima, the first Catholic saint of the Americas.

Geography[change | change source]

The commune of Los Andes is in the upper part of the valley of the Aconcagua river, at and altitude of 833 m (2,733 ft) above sea level.[3] The commune has an area of 1,248.3 km2 (482.0 sq mi).[2] It is at 15 km (9 mi) from San Felipe, at 84 km (52 mi) from the national capital of Santiago and at 146 km (91 mi) from Valparaíso, the capital of the region.

The commune is bordered on the north and northeast by the San Esteban commune, on the east by Argentina, on the south by the Calle Larga commune, on the southwest by the Rinconada commune and on the west and northwest by the San Felipe commune.

The city of San Felipe is along the Aconcagua river, the main river of the province and of the Valparaíso region.

Population[change | change source]

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 60,198 people living in the commune, giving it a population density of 48.2 inhabitants/km².[2]

The city of Los Andes has an urban area of 16.42 km2 (6.34 sq mi) and a population, in 2002, of 55,127 inhabitants.[2]

Its inhabitants are called Andinos (women, Andinas).

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Alcaldía" (in Spanish). Municipalidad de Los Andes. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Región de Valparaíso" (PDF). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Los Andes, Chile P PPPL 3882434". Geonames.org. Retrieved 23 September 2016.

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