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City and Commune
Municipalidad de Vitacura.jpg
Map of the Vitacura commune within Greater Santiago
Map of the Vitacura commune within Greater Santiago
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 33°23′00″S 70°34′30″W / 33.38333°S 70.57500°W / -33.38333; -70.57500Coordinates: 33°23′00″S 70°34′30″W / 33.38333°S 70.57500°W / -33.38333; -70.57500
Country Chile
Region Santiago Metro.
Province Santiago
Founded 9 March 1981
Government[1] [2]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Raúl Torrealba Del Pedregal (RN)
 • Total 28.3 km2 (10.9 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)[3]
 • Total 81,499
 • Density 2,900/km2 (7,500/sq mi)
 • Urban 81,499
 • Rural 0
 • Men 35,118
 • Women 46,381
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 +
Website Municipality of Vitacura
Exhibition United Buddy Bears in
Vitacura, Parque Bicentenario (2015)

Vitacura is a commune of Chile located in Santiago Province, Santiago Metropolitan Region. It is one of the most expensive and fashionable areas of Santiago. Inhabitants are primarily high income families.

There is an abundance of elite private schools in Vitacura and Las Condes, including Saint George's College, Colegio Santa Úrsula, Alliance Francaise, Colegio La Maisonette, Colegio Tabancura, Colegio Los Andes, Colegio Sagrados Corazones de Manquehue and Colegio San Benito.

The Costanera Norte toll-way connects Vitacura with the international airport and subway stations are located in the neighbor municipality of Las Condes.

Vitacura is see of ECLAC headquarters, home to the European Southern Observatory (ESO) headquarters in Chile, and home to Santiago's most exclusive shopping street, Avenida Alonso de Córdova.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Vitacura spans an area of 28.3 km2 (11 sq mi) and has 81,499 inhabitants (35,118 men and 46,381 women), making the commune an entirely urban area. The population grew by 2.7% (2,124 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]

  • Area: 28.3 km2 (11 sq mi)[6]
  • Population: 80,598 (2009 projection)[6][dead link]
  • Autonomous household income per capita: US$76,155 (PPP, 2006)[7][8]
  • Population below poverty line: 4.4% (±2.5%) (2006)[7]
  • Regional quality of life index: 86.74, high, 3 out of 52 (2005)[citation needed]
  • Human Development Index: 0.949, 1 out of 341 (2003)[9]


As a commune, Vitacura is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by a mayor (alcalde, in Spanish) who is directly elected every four years. The 2012-2016 alcalde is Raúl Torrealba Del Pedregal (RN).[1][2] The communal council has the following members:

  • Rodolfo Terrazas González (IND)
  • Macarena Bezanilla Montes (RN)
  • Matías Bascuñán Montaner (UDI)
  • Aldo Sabat Pietracaprina (IND)
  • Maximiliano Del Real Mihovilovic (IND)
  • Patricia Alessandri Balbontín (UDI)
  • Ricardo Moena Godoy (PDC)
  • María José Domínguez Farah (UDI)

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Vitacura is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Cristián Monckeberg (RN) and Ernesto Silva (UDI) as part of the 23rd electoral district, (together with Las Condes and Lo Barnechea). The commune is represented in the Senate by Soledad Alvear (PDC) and Pablo Longueira (UDI) as part of the 8th senatorial constituency (Santiago-East).


This communne it is one of the most expensive and fashionable areas of Santiago, with the most of the world's luxury boutiques are located on Vitacura, which include: Louis Vuitton, Adidas, Armani, Tommy Hilfiger, United Colors of Benetton, Nike, Zara, Swarovski, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna, Brooks Brothers and many more.


The main campus of the Lycée Antoine-de-Saint-Exupéry de Santiago, a French international school, is in Vitacura.[10]

The Deutsche Schule Santiago (or Colegio Alemán de Santiago) maintains the Vitacura campus, which houses students in years one through six.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Municipality of Vitacura" (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Time". Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  6. ^ a b Sistema de Información Regional, Ministry of Planning of Chile.[dead link]
  7. ^ a b Casen poll, 2006, Ministry of Planning.
  8. ^ Implied PPP conversion rate: World Economic Outlook Database, April 2010, International Monetary Fund.
  9. ^ "Las Trayectorias del Desarrollo Humano en las Comunas de Chile (1994-2003)." UNDP, Gobierno de Chile, Mideplán
  10. ^ "Home." Lycée Antoine-de-Saint-Exupéry de Santiago. Retrieved on 19 January 2015. "Av. Luis Pasteur 5418 - Vitacura - Santiago - Chili" and "Av. Chamisero 14397 – Chamisero Colina – Chili"
  11. ^ "Dirección y Contacto"/"Adresse und Kontakt." Deutsche Schule Santiago. Retrieved on March 17, 2015. Spanish: "Central Dirección: Nuestra Señora del Rosario 850, Las Condes" and "SEDE LAS CONDES (7º EB a IV EM) Dirección: Nuestra Señora del Rosario 850, Las Condes" and "SEDE VITACURA (1º a 6º EB) Dirección: Av. Kennedy 6150, Vitacura " and "SEDE CERRO COLORADO (PRE-ESCOLAR) Dirección: Cerro Colorado 6340, Las Condes " -- German: "Zentrale Adresse: Nuestra Señora del Rosario 850, Las Condes " and "ABTEILUNG LAS CONDES (Jgst. 7 bis 12) Adresse: Nuestra Señora del Rosario 850, Las Condes" and "ABTEILUNG VITACURA (Jgst. 1 bis 6) Adresse: Av. Kennedy 6150, Vitacura" and "ABTEILUNG CERRO COLORADO (VORSCHULE) Adresse: Cerro Colorado 6340, Las Condes "

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