Colonia Department

Colonia (Spanish pronunciation: [koˈlonja] (listen)) is a department of southwestern Uruguay. Its capital is Colonia del Sacramento, the country's second oldest city.

Colonia Department
Flag of Colonia Department
Coat of arms of Colonia Department
Colonia Department is located in Uruguay
Colonia Department
Location of Colonia Department and its capital
Coordinates (Colonia del Sacramento): 34°28′17″S 57°50′39″W / 34.47139°S 57.84417°W / -34.47139; -57.84417
Country Uruguay
Capital of DepartmentColonia del Sacramento
Government
 • IntendantCarlos Moreira
 • Ruling partyNational[1]
Area
 • Total6,106 km2 (2,358 sq mi)
Population
 (2011 census)
 • Total132,204
 • Density22/km2 (56/sq mi)
Demonymcolonienses
Time zoneUTC-3 (UYT)
ISO 3166 codeUY-CO
Websitewww.colonia.gub.uy
Map of Colonia Department

WeatherEdit

Colonia has an annual average temperature of 20.4 °C (68.7 °F). In winter it has an average temperature of 9 °C (48.2 °F) and in summer it has an average temperature of 27 °C (80.6 °F)

EconomyEdit

The southwestern region of Uruguay, in which Colonia is located, is typically associated with dairy production. Its proximity to Buenos Aires makes it the main entry point[citation needed] for tourists traveling from Argentina to Uruguay. Tourism is also favored by the presence of a World Heritage Site[which?]. The PepsiCo plant located in the department's capital, is one of the three largest worldwide,[2] employing more than 2,000 people and serving the entire Latin American import market. The plant operates under special economic zone legislation, and as of November 2019, has successfully approved an enlargement investment for $65 million.[3]

Population and DemographicsEdit

Ethnic groups in Colonia (2011 est.)[4]
Ethnic groups Percent
White
95.8%
Black
2.9%
Indigenous
2.5%
Asian
0.2%
None/Other/Unspecified
2.1%

As of the census of 2011, Colonia Department has a population of 123,204 (60,203 male and 63,001 female) and 57,003 households.[5]

Main Urban Centres Other towns and villages
Population stated as per 2011 census.[6]
City / Town Population
Colonia del Sacramento 29,231
Carmelo 18,041
Juan Lacaze 12,816
Nueva Helvecia 10,630
Rosario 10,085
Nueva Palmira 9,857
Tarariras 6,632
Florencio Sánchez 3,716
Ombúes de Lavalle 3,390
Colonia Valdense 3,235
Town / Village Population
Miguelete 999
La Paz 603
El Semillero 600
Conchillas 401
Rural population

According to the 2011 census, Colonia department has an additional rural population of 11,471.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Carlos Moreira renuncia al Partido Nacional y a su candidatura al Senado: "Impedir que se afecte el resultado electoral"". 2019-10-20. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  2. ^ "Ferreri dijo que extensión del contrato de Pepsico en Zona Franca de Colonia y ampliación de su planta ratifican estabilidad del país - Presidencia de la República". Archived from the original on 2020-11-19. Retrieved 2020-01-08.
  3. ^ Uruguay, Presidencia de la República Oriental del. "Ferreri dijo que extensión del contrato de Pepsico en Zona Franca de Colonia y ampliación de su planta ratifican estabilidad del país - Presidencia de la República". Presidencia de la República Oriental del Uruguay (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2020-09-28.
  4. ^ "Población por sexo y ascendencia étnico racial, según departamento" (in Spanish). National Institute of Statistics. Archived from the original on 30 November 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Censos 2011 Colonia (needs flash plugin)". INE. 2012. Archived from the original on 1 September 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Censos 2011 Cuadros Colonia". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 34°7′0″S 57°41′0″W / 34.11667°S 57.68333°W / -34.11667; -57.68333