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City and Commune
View from Navidad Hill
View from Navidad Hill
Coat of arms of Tomé
Coat of arms
Location of the Tomé commune in Biobío Region
Location of the Tomé commune in Biobío Region
Tomé is located in Chile
Location of the Tomé commune in Biobío Region
Coordinates (city): 36°37′S 72°57′W / 36.617°S 72.950°W / -36.617; -72.950Coordinates: 36°37′S 72°57′W / 36.617°S 72.950°W / -36.617; -72.950
Country Chile
Region Biobío
Province Concepción
Founded 1544
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Ivonne Rivas
 • Total 494.5 km2 (190.9 sq mi)
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 53,219
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
 • Urban 45,959
 • Rural 6,481
 • Men 25,263
 • Women 27,177
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 41
Website Official website (in Spanish)

Tomé is a port city and commune in the Biobío Region of Chile. It is bordered by Coelemu to the north, Ránquil and Florida to the east, Penco to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The local economy is based mainly on textile manufacturing and fishing industry.


27 February 2010 quake[edit]

The 8.8 magnitude 27 February 2010 earthquake greatly affected Tome, Constitucion, Concepcion, Talcahuano.[4]


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Tomé spans an area of 494.5 km2 (191 sq mi) and has 52,440 inhabitants (25,263 men and 27,177 women). Of these, 45,959 (87.6%) lived in urban areas and 6,481 (12.4%) in rural areas. The population grew by 6.4% (3,156 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]

The commune includes the localities of Rafael, Menque, Cocholgüe, Punta de Parra and Dichato.


Previously the area had a German school, ( but nobody in Tomé ever learned German) Deutsche Schule Tomé. The City have many good primary schools and high schools. Universidad de Concepción, one of the best universities of Chile is 30 minutes away.[5]


  1. ^ "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Municipality of Tomé" (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010. 
  4. ^ ABC News (Australia), "Chile's coastal villages face uncertain future", Sarah Dingle, 4 March 2010 (accessed 4 March 2010)
  5. ^ " Deutscher Bundestag 4. Wahlperiode Drucksache IV/3672" (Archive). Bundestag (West Germany). 23 June 1965. Retrieved on 12 March 2016. p. 23/51.

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