|City and Commune|
Map of Loncoche commune in Araucanía Region
|Coordinates (city): Coordinates:|
|Founded as||Villa Carrera|
|• Alcalde||Ricardo Peña Riquelme (RN)|
|• Total||976.8 km2 (377.1 sq mi)|
|Elevation||98 m (322 ft)|
|Population (2012 Census)|
|• Density||22/km2 (57/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CLT (UTC−4)|
|• Summer (DST)||CLST (UTC−3)|
|Area code(s)||country 56 + city 45|
|Website||Municipality of Loncoche|
Loncoche is a major centre for milk production. Loncoleche is the main milk and dairy product producer in the zone.
Pablo Neruda wrote a poem called "Aromos rubios en los campos de Loncoche".
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Loncoche spans an area of 976.8 km2 (377 sq mi) and has 23,037 inhabitants (11,499 men and 11,538 women). Of these, 15,223 (66.1%) lived in urban areas and 7,814 (33.9%) in rural areas. The population fell by 2.6% (606 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
As a commune, Loncoche 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 Ricardo Peña Riquelme (RN).
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Loncoche is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by René Manuel García (RN) and Fernando Meza (PRSD) as part of the 52nd electoral district, (together with Cunco, Pucón, Curarrehue, Villarrica, Gorbea and Toltén). The commune is represented in the Senate by José Garcia Ruminot (RN) and Eugenio Tuma Zedan (PPD) as part of the 15th senatorial constituency (Araucanía-South). There are two high schools - Liceo Bicentenario P. Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga and Santa Cruz.
- "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2011.
- "Municipality of Loncoche" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2011.
- "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010.
- (Spanish) Municipality of Loncoche