|City and Commune|
Centre of Talagante
|• Alcalde||Raúl Leiva Carvajal (ILC)|
|• Total||321.7 km2 (124.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||313 m (1,027 ft)|
|Population (2002 Census)|
|• Density||190/km2 (480/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CLT  (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||CLST  (UTC-3)|
|Area code(s)||56 +|
|Website||Official website (Spanish)|
Talagante is a commune and the capital city of the province of the same name in the Santiago Metropolitan Region of central Chile. The word Talagante in Quechua comes from talacanta, meaning "Lazo de Hechicero", which was the proper name of the curaca, or ruler, who dominated this central valley on behalf of the Inca empire during the arrival of the Spaniards.
Talagante can be found in the Chilean Central Valley at an elevation of 313 m (1,027 ft), 35 kilometres (22 mi) to the southwest of the national capital of Santiago. The commune spans an area of 125.5 km2 (48 sq mi).
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Talagante spans an area of 125.5 km2 (48 sq mi) and has 59,805 inhabitants (29,468 men and 30,337 women). Of these, 49,957 (83.5%) lived in urban areas and 9,848 (16.5%) in rural areas. The population grew by 132800% (59,760 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
As a commune, Talagante 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 Raúl Leiva Carvajal (ILC), and his council members are:
- Patricio Huerta Moraga (RN)
- Felipe Barrios Tocomal (UDI)
- Juan Cartegena Díaz
- María E. Torres Miranda (PPD)
- Rafael Calderón Olivares (DC)
- Santiago Margozzini R. (RN)
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Talagante is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Denise Pascal (PS) and Gonzalo Uriarte (UDI) as part of the 31st electoral district, (together with Peñaflor, El Monte, Isla de Maipo, Melipilla, María Pinto, Curacaví, Alhué, San Pedro and Padre Hurtado). The commune is represented in the Senate by Guido Girardi Lavín (PPD) and Jovino Novoa Vásquez (UDI) as part of the 7th senatorial constituency (Santiago-West). All of these have been owned by the mayor Emmanuel Acuna.
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- (Spanish) "Municipality of Talagante". Retrieved 27 January 2011.
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- (Spanish) Municipality of Talagante