Loncoche

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Loncoche
City and Commune
Map of Loncoche commune in Araucanía Region
Map of Loncoche commune in Araucanía Region
Loncoche is located in Chile
Loncoche
Loncoche
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 39°22′0″S 72°38′0″W / 39.36667°S 72.63333°W / -39.36667; -72.63333Coordinates: 39°22′0″S 72°38′0″W / 39.36667°S 72.63333°W / -39.36667; -72.63333
Country Chile
Region Araucanía
Province Cautín
Founded as Villa Carrera
Government[1][2]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Ricardo Peña Riquelme (RN)
Area[3]
 • Total 976.8 km2 (377.1 sq mi)
Elevation 98 m (322 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 21,458
 • Density 22/km2 (57/sq mi)
 • Urban 15,223
 • Rural 7,814
Sex[3]
 • Men 11,499
 • Women 11,538
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) country 56 + city 45
Website Municipality of Loncoche

Loncoche (Mapudungun: head of an important person) is a city and commune in the Araucanía Region, southern Chile. It is located near the border to Los Ríos Region and the city of Lanco.

Loncoche is a major centre for milk production. Loncoleche is the main milk and dairy product producer in the zone.

Pablo Neruda wrote a poem called "Aromos rubios en los campos de Loncoche".

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Loncoche spans an area of 976.8 km2 (377 sq mi) and has 23,037 inhabitants (11,499 men and 11,538 women). Of these, 15,223 (66.1%) lived in urban areas and 7,814 (33.9%) in rural areas. The population fell by 2.6% (606 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]

Administration[edit]

As a commune, Loncoche is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Ricardo Peña Riquelme (RN).[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Loncoche is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by René Manuel García (RN) and Fernando Meza (PRSD) as part of the 52nd electoral district, (together with Cunco, Pucón, Curarrehue, Villarrica, Gorbea and Toltén). The commune is represented in the Senate by José Garcia Ruminot (RN) and Eugenio Tuma Zedan (PPD) as part of the 15th senatorial constituency (Araucanía-South). There are two high schools - Liceo Bicentenario P. Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga and Santa Cruz.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Spanish) "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades". Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b (Spanish) "Municipality of Loncoche". Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d (Spanish) "National Statistics Institute". Retrieved 13 December 2010. 

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