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Rengo is a city and commune located in the Zona Central of Chile, situated in the Cachapoal Province of the O'Higgins Region at a distance of 28 km (17 mi) south of the city of Rancagua and 114 km (71 mi) south of the national capital Santiago. It was named after the courageous Toqui Rengo for his particular bravery at the Battle of Lagunillas.

Rengo
CorreoRengo.jpg
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Map of Rengo commune in O'Higgins Region
Map of Rengo commune in O'Higgins Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Rengo
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 34°25′S 70°52′W / 34.417°S 70.867°W / -34.417; -70.867Coordinates: 34°25′S 70°52′W / 34.417°S 70.867°W / -34.417; -70.867
CountryChile
RegionO'Higgins
ProvinceCachapoal
Founded1695
Founded byTomás Marín González de Poveda
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
Area
 • Total591.5 km2 (228.4 sq mi)
Elevation
570 m (1,870 ft)
Population
 (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total55,757
 • Density94/km2 (240/sq mi)
 • Urban
37,075
 • Rural
13,755
Demonym(s)Renguino,-a
Sex
 • Men25,311
 • Women25,519
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT[3])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST[4])
Area code(s)+56 72
Websitewww.municipalidadrengo.cl (in Spanish)

DemographicsEdit

According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Rengo spans an area of 591.5 km2 (228 sq mi) and has 50,830 inhabitants (25,311 men and 25,519 women). Of these, 37,075 (72.9%) lived in urban areas and 13,755 (27.1%) in rural areas. The population grew by 16.5% (7,213 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]

AdministrationEdit

As a commune, Rengo is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years.[1]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Rengo is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Mr. Felipe Letelier (PPD) and Mr. Ricardo Rincón (PDC) as part of the 33rd electoral district, (together with Mostazal, Graneros, Codegua, Machalí, Requínoa, Olivar, Doñihue, Coinco, Coltauco, Quinta de Tilcoco and Malloa). The commune is represented in the Senate by Alejandro Garcia-Huidobro (UDI) and Juan Pablo Letelier Morel (PS) as part of the 9th senatorial constituency (O'Higgins Region).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Rengo" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Archived from the original on 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28.