Lautaro, Chile

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City and Commune
Toqui Lautaro.jpg
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location in the Araucanía Region
Location in the Araucanía Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 38°31′S 72°27′W / 38.517°S 72.450°W / -38.517; -72.450Coordinates: 38°31′S 72°27′W / 38.517°S 72.450°W / -38.517; -72.450
Country Chile
Region Araucanía
Province Cautín
Founded 1881
Named for Lautaro
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Renato Hauri
 • Total 901.1 km2 (347.9 sq mi)
Elevation 234 m (768 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 34,268
 • Density 38/km2 (98/sq mi)
 • Urban 21,071
 • Rural 11,147
 • Men 15,991
 • Women 16,227
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 45
Website Official website (in Spanish)

Lautaro is a city and commune of the Cautín Province in Chile's Araucanía Region. The area is named in honor of Lautaro, Mapuche leader (toqui) during the War of Arauco.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Lautaro spans an area of 901.1 km2 (348 sq mi) and has 32,218 inhabitants (15,991 men and 16,227 women). Of these, 21,071 (65.4%) lived in urban areas and 11,147 (34.6%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 12.2% (3,493 persons).[2]


As a commune, Lautaro is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a communal council headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. For the years 2008-2012, the alcalde is Renato Hauri, and the council members are:[1]

  • Raul Schifferli Diaz
  • Miguel Jaramillo Salazar
  • Carlos Gutierrez Olguin
  • Ricardo Candia Morales
  • Cristian Herrera González
  • Hugo Salazar Becerra

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Lautaro belongs to the 49th electoral district and 14th senatorial constituency.


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Lautaro" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 July 2010. 

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