San Ignacio, Chile

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San Ignacio
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of San Ignacio commune in the Biobío Region
Location of San Ignacio commune in the Biobío Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
San Ignacio
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 36°32′S 72°26′W / 36.533°S 72.433°W / -36.533; -72.433Coordinates: 36°32′S 72°26′W / 36.533°S 72.433°W / -36.533; -72.433
Country Chile
Region Biobío
Province Ñuble
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Nelson Aedo Figueroa (UDI)
 • Total 363.6 km2 (140.4 sq mi)
Elevation 132 m (433 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 15,566
 • Density 43/km2 (110/sq mi)
 • Urban 4,873
 • Rural 11,233
Demonym(s) Sanignacino
 • Men 8,192
 • Women 7,914
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 42

San Ignacio (Spanish pronunciation: [san iɣˈnasjo]) is a Chilean town and commune located in the Ñuble Province, Biobío Region. It spans an area of 363.6 km2 (140 sq mi).[2]


According to data from the 2002 Census of Population and Housing, San Ignacio had 16,106 inhabitants; of these, 4,873 (30.3%) lived in urban areas and 11,233 (69.7%) in rural areas. At that time, there were 8,192 men and 7,914 women.[2] Sanignacino is the demonym for a man, and Sanignacina is that of a woman.


As a commune, San Ignacio is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. For the years 2008-2012, the alcalde is Nelson Aedo Figueroa (UDI), and the councilors are:[1]

  • Osiel Soto Lagos (UDI)
  • Juan Muñoz Pérez (UDI)
  • Rolando Flores Monsalve (UDI)
  • Mauricio López Muñoz (RN)
  • Patricio Hernán Chávez Benavente (PDC)
  • Romeo Valdés Guerra (PS)

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, San Ignacio is represented in the Chamber of Deputies as a part of the 41st electoral district (together with Chillán, Coihueco, Pinto, El Carmen, Pemuco, Yungay and Chillán Viejo). The commune is represented in the Senate as part of the 13th senatorial constituency (Biobío Coast).


  1. ^ a b "Government of Chile: SUBDERE - Alcaldes and Councilors" (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

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