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City and Commune
Map of Renaico commune in the Araucania Region
Map of Renaico commune in the Araucania Region
Renaico is located in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 37°40′S 72°35′W / 37.667°S 72.583°W / -37.667; -72.583Coordinates: 37°40′S 72°35′W / 37.667°S 72.583°W / -37.667; -72.583
Country Chile
Region Araucanía Region
Province Malleco
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Ivonne Morales Urra (Ind.)
 • Total 267.4 km2 (103.2 sq mi)
Elevation 55 m (180 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 9,850
 • Density 37/km2 (95/sq mi)
 • Urban 6,878
 • Rural 2,250
 • Men 4,508
 • Women 4,620
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) country 56 + city 45
Website Municipality of Renaico

Renaico (Spanish pronunciation: [reˈnaiko]) is a city and commune forming part of the Malleco Province in the Araucanía Region in southern Chile. The city is located on the south bank of the Renaico River.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Renaico spans an area of 267.4 km2 (103 sq mi) and has 9,128 inhabitants (4,508 men and 4,620 women). Of these, 6,878 (75.4%) lived in urban areas and 2,250 (24.6%) in rural areas. The population fell by 0.8% (69 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]


As a commune, Renaico 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 Ivonne Morales Urra (Ind.).[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Renaico is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Gonzalo Arenas (UDI) and Mario Venegas (PDC) as part of the 48th electoral district, (together with Angol, Collipulli, Ercilla, Los Sauces, Purén, Lumaco and Traiguén). The commune is represented in the Senate by Alberto Espina Otero (RN) and Jaime Quintana Leal (PPD) as part of the 14th senatorial constituency (Araucanía-North).


  1. ^ a b "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipality of Renaico" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010. 

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