San Miguel, Buenos Aires

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San Miguel
San Miguel Square
San Miguel Square
Coat of arms of San Miguel
Coat of arms
San Miguel is located in Greater Buenos Aires
San Miguel
San Miguel
Location in Greater Buenos Aires
Coordinates: 34°32′S 58°43′W / 34.533°S 58.717°W / -34.533; -58.717Coordinates: 34°32′S 58°43′W / 34.533°S 58.717°W / -34.533; -58.717
Country  Argentina
Province Buenos Aires province flag.png Buenos Aires
Partido San Miguel
Founded 1864
Elevation 28 m (92 ft)
Population (2001 census [INDEC])
 • Total 157,532
 • Density 9,845/km2 (25,500/sq mi)
CPA Base B 1663
Area code(s) +54 11

San Miguel is in the northwest region of Greater Buenos Aires, 30 km from the City of Buenos Aires. San Miguel is the county seat of San Miguel Partido, and has been a part of Greater Buenos Aires since the early 2000s. The number of inhabitants was 157,532 according to the 2001 census.

Part of a vast estancia estate owned by General Ángel Pacheco, San Miguel was founded as San José del Pilar by a French Argentine agronomist, Adolfo Sourdeaux, on May 18, 1864. Part of Pilar Partido initially, the town was renamed San Miguel after the former district was subdivided shortly afterward. A Buenos Aires-Pacific Railway line was built along the town in 1870, and its first schools were opened at that time as part of President Domingo Sarmiento's program for education in Argentina. The town was designated as county seat for the newly created General Sarmiento Partido in 1889, and was in turn made the county seat for San Miguel Partido when the former was subdivided in 1994. San Miguel's transition from a rural community to that of a suburban bedroom community with high-rise buildings has caused it to lose its village character and strained its infrastructure. The largely service-oriented economy is complemented by industries such as the IPH steel cable facility.[1]

Cathedral of St. Michael Archangel

San Miguel is home to a number of educational institutions, including the National University of General Sarmiento and the parochial Colegio Máximo de San José, from which Jorge Bergoglio (the future Pope Francis) obtained a degree in philosophy.[2]

San Miguel has numerous bus lines running through the center and is served with several stations by the San Martin and Urquiza commuter railroad lines, which provide easy access to Buenos Aires.


The city is home to Club Atlético San Miguel football club.


  1. ^ "Historia de San Miguel". Veamoslo. 
  2. ^ "Pope Francis: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio named new Pope". Baltimore News Journal. 13 March 2013. 

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