Municipalities of Uruguay

The Uruguayan departments are subdivided into municipalities and, as of 2022, there are 125 municipalities. This second level administrative division system was created by Law No. 18567 of 13 September 2009 and the first municipalities were created (or converted from Local Boards in the previous system) in March 2010. In the municipal elections of 2010 municipal authorities were elected for the first time and they assumed office months later.

Map of municipalities and departments of Uruguay as of 2021.

Each municipality is governed by a local council, made up of 5 members. The chairperson of the local council is known as alcalde (mayor) and the remaining members are the councilors.

The Montevideo, Canelones and Maldonado departments are completely covered by municipalities, while the other departments have areas not included in any municipality.

DescriptionEdit

Establishment of the system and creation of municipalitiesEdit

The municipalities' system was created by Law No. 18567 of 13 September 2009.[1] The current system is ruled by Law No. 19272 of 18 September 2014. This regulation provided that in settlements with more than 2,000 inhabitants a municipality was to be created including their surrounding territories, as long as it consisted in a social and cultural unit with their own common interests, that justified the creation of this kind of political entity. Settlements with less than 2,000 inhabitants were allowed to establish a municipality if the Departmental Board voted for it after the Intendant proposal, or by popular initiative of at least the 15% of voters in the settlement. Municipalities in departmental seats were only allowed to be created by Departmental Boards after the Intendant's proposal.[2]

Election of authorities and governmentEdit

The municipalities are governed by a local council made up by five members, whose chairperson is known as alcalde (mayor) and the other four members are known as concejales (councilors). They are elected by direct vote each municipal elections, at the same time the departmental authorities are elected.[2]

List of municipalities by departmentEdit

ArtigasEdit

# Municipality Population Area Major [3] Foundation [4] Map
1 Baltasar Brum 2,608 754.0 km2 Juan Marticorena (PN) 15 March 2010
2 Bella Unión 12,406 547.0 km2 William Cresseri (PN) 15 March 2010
3 Tomás Gomensoro 2,902 804.5 km2 Federico Arbiza (PN) 15 March 2010

CanelonesEdit

# Municipality Population Area Major [3] Foundation [4] Map
1 18 de Mayo 21,371 11.0 km2 Adriana Sánchez (FA) 20 March 2013
2 Aguas Corrientes 1,728 51.5 km2 Marcelo Delgado (FA) 15 March 2010
3 Atlántida 10,198 108.1 km2 Gustavo González (FA) 15 March 2010
4 Barros Blancos 29,865 22.8 km2 Julián Rocha (FA) 15 March 2010
5 Canelones 27,406 230.8 km2 Darío Pimienta (FA) 15 March 2010
6 Ciudad de la Costa 91,284 61.1 km2 Sonia Misirian (FA) 15 March 2010
7 Colonia Nicolich 14,788 26.0 km2 Líber Moreno (FA) 15 March 2010
8 Empalme Olmos 6,630 152.5 km2 Jorge Álvarez (FA) 15 March 2010
9 La Floresta 8,353 59.1 km2 Néstor Erramouspe (FA) 15 March 2010
10 La Paz 20,194 32.9 km2 Bruno Fernández (FA) 15 March 2010
11 Las Piedras 62,238 53.9 km2 Gustavo González (FA) 15 March 2010
12 Los Cerrillos 7,713 261.4 km2 Néstor Roncio (FA) 15 March 2010
13 Migues 3,802 363.3 km2 Nahuel Jorge (PN) 15 March 2010
14 Montes 1,842 55.5 km2 Rodolfo Salvarrey (PN) 15 March 2010
15 Pando 32,927 114.9 km2 Alcides Pérez (FA) 15 March 2010
16 Parque del Plata 11,054 12.8 km2 Tania Vecchio (FA) 15 March 2010
17 Paso Carrasco 20,842 20.7 km2 Verónica Veiga (FA) 15 March 2010
18 Progreso 14,292 78.5 km2 Claudio Duarte (FA) 15 March 2010
19 Salinas 23,447 83.7 km2 Óscar Montero (FA) 15 March 2010
20 San Antonio 3,283 168.6 km2 Damaso Pani (PN) 15 March 2010
21 San Bautista 3,684 196.5 km2 Roberto Siriani (PN) 15 March 2010
22 San Jacinto 6,691 274.9 km2 Cristian Ferraro (PN) 15 March 2010
23 San Ramón 8,087 249.3 km2 Gonzalo Melogno (PN) 15 March 2010
24 Santa Lucía 18,524 252.2 km2 Leonardo Mollo (FA) 15 March 2010
25 Santa Rosa 6,751 192.5 km2 Ramiro Azor (FA) 15 March 2010
26 Sauce 13,019 295.9 km2 Juan Ottonello (PN) 15 March 2010
27 Soca 3,959 493.1 km2 Roberto Rodríguez (PN) 15 March 2010
28 Suárez 18,153 44.0 km2 Carlos Nalerio (FA) 15 March 2010
29 Tala 9,308 522.1 km2 Leonardo Pérez (PN) 15 March 2010
30 Toledo 18,740 30.3 km2 José Gini (FA) 15 March 2010

Cerro LargoEdit

ColoniaEdit

DuraznoEdit

FloresEdit

FloridaEdit

LavallejaEdit

MaldonadoEdit

MontevideoEdit

PaysandúEdit

Río NegroEdit

RiveraEdit

RochaEdit

SaltoEdit

San JoséEdit

SorianoEdit

TacuarembóEdit

Treinta y TresEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ley N° 18567". www.impo.com.uy. Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  2. ^ a b "Ley N° 19272". www.impo.com.uy. Retrieved 2022-08-28.
  3. ^ a b "Alcaldes y Alcaldesas asumieron en los 125 Municipios de Uruguay" (in Spanish). Office of Planning and Budget. 30 November 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Ley N° 18653" (in Spanish). IMPO. Retrieved 27 July 2022.

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