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The town is located on the junction of Route 23 with Route 12, at southwest edge of the department and borders the departments of Soriano, Colonia and San José. The Grande River (Uruguay) (Spanish: Arroyo Grande) runs near the town.
It was declared "Pueblo" (village) on 18 October 1950 by the Act of Ley N° 11.607, and named after Ismael Cortinas, a Deputy, Senator, journalist and playwright. Its status was elevated to "Villa" (town) on 15 November 1963 by the Act of Ley N° 13.167.
In 2011 Ismael Cortinas had a population of 918.
Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay
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