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According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Tortel spans an area of 19,930.6 km2 (7,695 sq mi) and has 507 inhabitants (322 men and 185 women), making the commune an entirely rural area. The population grew by 13.2% (59 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Tortel is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by René Alinco (PDC) and David Sandoval (UDI) as part of the 59th electoral district, which includes the entire Aisén Region. The commune is represented in the Senate by Antonio Horvath Kiss (RN) and Patricio Walker Prieto (PDC) as part of the 18th senatorial constituency (Aisén Region).