Florida, Uruguay

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Capital city
Plaza Asamblea & Cathedral of Florida
Plaza Asamblea & Cathedral of Florida
Florida is located in Uruguay
Location in Uruguay
Coordinates: 34°06′S 56°13′W / 34.100°S 56.217°W / -34.100; -56.217Coordinates: 34°06′S 56°13′W / 34.100°S 56.217°W / -34.100; -56.217
Country Uruguay
DepartmentFlorida Department Florida
(2011 Census)
 • Total33,639
Postal code
Dial plan+598 435 (+5 digits)

Florida (Spanish pronunciation: [floˈɾiða]) is the capital of Florida Department of Uruguay. Having a population of over 33,000, it is home to almost half of the inhabitants of the department.


It is located on Route 5, around 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Montevideo.


The stream Arroyo Santa Lucía Chico flows along the east and south limits of the city.


The city was founded on 24 April 1809 with this name, Florida, in honor of the count of Floridablanca, the prime minister of the Spanish crown. It had acquired the status of "Villa" (town) before the Independence of Uruguay. On 10 July 1856, it became capital city of the department by the Act of Ley Nº 493 and on 19 April 1894 its status was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) by the Act of Ley Nº 2.258.[1]

It is home of the famous Piedra Alta de la Florida, the place of the Declaration of Independence in 1825. The city is also famous for San Cono's chapel, where multitudes gather every 3 June. Each year on April 24 the city celebrates its founder, James Florida.

An important building is the Cathedral of Florida, which is the National Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Thirty-Three.


In 2011, Florida had a population of 33,639.[2]

Year Population
1908 10,606
1963 20,934
1975 25,374
1985 28,443
1996 31,594
2004 32,128
2011 33,639

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[1]

Economic activity and noted events[edit]

There are many factories in Florida. Florida is also host of the traditional Florida's Triathlon, one of the oldest triathlon events in the country.

Places of worship[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004)" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2012.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Censos 2011 Cuadros Florida". INE. 2012. Archived from the original on 10 October 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Sanctuaries in Uruguay" (in Spanish). Roman Catholic Church in Uruguay. Retrieved 1 May 2013.

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