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City and Commune
Plaza de Armas
Plaza de Armas
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Map of Rengo commune in O'Higgins Region
Map of Rengo commune in O'Higgins Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 34°25′S 70°52′W / 34.417°S 70.867°W / -34.417; -70.867Coordinates: 34°25′S 70°52′W / 34.417°S 70.867°W / -34.417; -70.867
Country Chile
Region O'Higgins
Province Cachapoal
Founded 1695
Founded by Tomás Marín González de Poveda
 • Type Municipality
 • Total 591.5 km2 (228.4 sq mi)
Elevation 570 m (1,870 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 55,757
 • Density 94/km2 (240/sq mi)
 • Urban 37,075
 • Rural 13,755
Demonym(s) Renguino,-a
 • Men 25,311
 • Women 25,519
Time zone CLT[3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST[4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) +56 72
Website (in Spanish)

Rengo is a city and commune located in the Zona Central of Chile, situated in the Cachapoal Province of the O'Higgins Region at a distance of 28 km (17 mi) south of the city of Rancagua and 114 km (71 mi) south of the national capital Santiago. It was named after the courageous Toqui Rengo for his particular bravery at the Battle of Lagunillas.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Rengo spans an area of 591.5 km2 (228 sq mi) and has 50,830 inhabitants (25,311 men and 25,519 women). Of these, 37,075 (72.9%) lived in urban areas and 13,755 (27.1%) in rural areas. The population grew by 16.5% (7,213 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]


As a commune, Rengo is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years.[1]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Rengo is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Mr. Felipe Letelier (PPD) and Mr. Ricardo Rincón (PDC) as part of the 33rd electoral district, (together with Mostazal, Graneros, Codegua, Machalí, Requínoa, Olivar, Doñihue, Coinco, Coltauco, Quinta de Tilcoco and Malloa). The commune is represented in the Senate by Alejandro Garcia-Huidobro (UDI) and Juan Pablo Letelier Morel (PS) as part of the 9th senatorial constituency (O'Higgins Region).


  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Rengo" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28.