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Town and Commune
Aerial view of Tirúa
Aerial view of Tirúa
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Map of the Tirúa commune in the Biobío Region
Map of the Tirúa commune in the Biobío Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates (town): 38°20′29″S 73°29′28″W / 38.34139°S 73.49111°W / -38.34139; -73.49111Coordinates: 38°20′29″S 73°29′28″W / 38.34139°S 73.49111°W / -38.34139; -73.49111
Country Chile
Region Biobío
Province Arauco
Founded as Fuerte Tirúa (Fort Tirúa)
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde José Aniñir Lepicheo (RN)
 • Total 624.4 km2 (241.1 sq mi)
Elevation 14 m (46 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 9,644
 • Density 15/km2 (40/sq mi)
 • Urban 2,508
 • Rural 7,156
 • Men 5,028
 • Women 4,636
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 41
Website Municipality of Tirúa

Tirúa (Spanish pronunciation: [tiˈɾu.a]) is a Chilean commune and town in Arauco Province, Biobío Region.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Tirúa spans an area of 624.4 km2 (241 sq mi) and has 9,664 inhabitants (5,028 men and 4,636 women). Of these, 2,508 (26%) lived in urban areas and 7,156 (74%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 10.6% (928 persons).[3]


As a commune, Tirúa 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 José Aniñir Lepicheo (RN).[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Tirúa is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Manuel Monsalve (PS) and Iván Norambuena (UDI) as part of the 46th electoral district, (together with Lota, Lebu, Arauco, Curanilahue, Los Álamos, Cañete and Contulmo). The commune is represented in the Senate by Victor Pérez Varela (UDI) and Mariano Ruiz -Esquide Jara (PDC) as part of the 13th senatorial constituency (Biobío-Coast).


  1. ^ a b "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipality of Tirúa" (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 

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