|City and Commune|
|• Alcalde||Ramona Reyes|
|• Total||896.0 km2 (345.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation||68 m (223 ft)|
|Population (2012 Census)|
|• Density||21/km2 (55/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CLT (UTC−4)|
|• Summer (DST)||CLST (UTC−3)|
|Area code(s)||56 + 63|
|Website||Municipality of Paillaco|
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Paillaco spans an area of 896 km2 (346 sq mi) and has 19,237 inhabitants (9,620 men and 9,617 women). Of these, 9,973 (51.8%) lived in urban areas and 9,264 (48.2%) in rural areas. The population grew by 6% (1,085 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
As a commune, Paillaco 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 Ramona Reyes. The council has the following members:
- José Teobaldo Aravena Pérez (PC)
- Ruth Lucy Castillo Prieto (PDC)
- Sergio Orlando Castro Barrera (RN)
- Héctor Alberto Avilés Fuentes (UDI)
- Gabriel Iván Medina Alarcón (PR)
- Gonzalo Rubén Galilea García (RN)
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Paillaco is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Mr. Enrique Jaramillo (PDC) and Mr. Gastón Von Mühlenbrock (UDI) as part of the 54th electoral district, (together with Panguipulli, Los Lagos, Futrono, Lago Ranco, Río Bueno and La Unión). The commune is represented in the Senate by Andrés Allamand (RN) and Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle (PDC) as part of the 16th senatorial constituency (Los Ríos Region).
Previously the area had a German school, Deutsche Schule Paillaco.
- (Spanish) Municipality of Paillaco
- "Municipality of Paillaco" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010.
- "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010.
- "Deutscher Bundestag 4. Wahlperiode Drucksache IV/3672" (Archive). Bundestag (West Germany). 23 June 1965. Retrieved on 12 March 2016. p. 22/51.