San Miguel, Chile

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San Miguel
City and Commune
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Map of the San Miguel commune within Greater Santiago
Map of the San Miguel commune within Greater Santiago
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
San Miguel
Location in Chile
Coordinates (alcalde's office): 33°29′09″S 70°38′58″W / 33.48583°S 70.64944°W / -33.48583; -70.64944Coordinates: 33°29′09″S 70°38′58″W / 33.48583°S 70.64944°W / -33.48583; -70.64944
Country Chile
Region Santiago Metro.
Province Santiago
Founded 10 August 1896
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Luis Sanhueza Bravo
 • Total 9.5 km2 (3.7 sq mi)
Population (2006 projection)[3]
 • Total 78,872
 • Density 8,300/km2 (22,000/sq mi)
 • Urban 78,872
 • Rural 0
Demonym(s) Sanmiguelino
 • Men 37,836
 • Women 41,036
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 +
Website Municipality of San Miguel

San Miguel (Spanish for "Saint Michael") is a commune of Chile located in Santiago Province, Santiago Metropolitan Region. It was founded on August 10, 1896.


As a commune, Bulnes 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 alcalde's office (alcaldía) is located at Gran Avenida No. 3418. The 2012-2016 alcalde is Julio Palestro Velásquez (PS). The communal council has the following members:

  • Francia Palestro Contreras (PS)
  • Luis Sanhueza Bravo (RN)
  • Erika Martinez Osorio (PC)
  • Carolina Onofri Salinas (RN)
  • David Navarro Carachi (PRSD)
  • Felipe Von Unger Valdés (UDI)
  • Rodrigo Iturra Becerra (PDC)
  • Ernesto Balcázar Gamboa (PS)

San Miguel belongs to the 28th electoral division (together with Pedro Aguirre Cerda and Lo Espejo) and the 8th senatorial constituency (Santiago East). It is represented in the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress by the deputies Guillermo Teillier del Valle (PCCh) and Pedro Browne Urrejola (RN). It is represented in the Senate by senators Soledad Alvear (PDC) and Pablo Longueira (UDI).


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, San Miguel spans an area of 9.5 km2 (4 sq mi) and has 78,872 inhabitants (37,836 men and 41,036 women), making the commune an entirely urban area. The population fell by 4.8% (3997 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3] The demonym for a person from San Miguel is sanmiguelino for a man or sanmiguelina for a woman.

Other statistics

Notable sanmiguelinos[edit]

José Miguel Carrera Ave.


  1. ^ "Municipality of San Miguel" (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  2. ^ "Administrative and Censual Political Division" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 September.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Regional Information System". Ministry of Planning of Chile (in Spanish). Retrieved 14 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Poverty in the Santiago Metropolitan Region" (PDF). Ministry of Planning of Chile (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 24, 2007. 
  8. ^ "The Trajectories of Human Development in the Communes of Chile (1994-2003)" (PDF). Government of Chile, Mideplán (in Spanish). UNDP. Retrieved 12 September 2010. 

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