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San Nicolás is a Chilean town and commune in Punilla Province, Ñuble Region.

San Nicolás
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Commune of San Nicolás in the Ñuble Region
Commune of San Nicolás in the Ñuble Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
San Nicolás
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 36°30′12″S 72°12′44″W / 36.50333°S 72.21222°W / -36.50333; -72.21222Coordinates: 36°30′12″S 72°12′44″W / 36.50333°S 72.21222°W / -36.50333; -72.21222
 • TypeMunicipality
 • AlcaldeVíctor Ramón Toro Leiva (PDC)
 • Total490.5 km2 (189.4 sq mi)
75 m (246 ft)
 (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total10,631
 • Density22/km2 (56/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
 • Men5,032
 • Women4,709
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT [4])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST [5])
Area code(s)country 56 + city 42
WebsiteMunicipality of San Nicolás


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, San Nicolás spans an area of 490.5 km2 (189 sq mi) and has 9,741 inhabitants (5,032 men and 4,709 women). Of these, 3,428 (35.2%) lived in urban areas and 6,313 (64.8%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 2.6% (246 persons).[3]


As a commune, San Nicolás is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Víctor Ramón Toro Leiva (PDC).The municipal council has the following members:[1][2]

  • Feliciano Arnoldo Parra Pérez (PDC)
  • Elena Rivas Toro (PRI)
  • Rogelio Hernandez Gonzalez (PS)
  • Luis Antonio Guzmán Álvarez (RN)
  • Ramón Toro Leiva (PDC)
  • Manuel Bello Núñez (PPD)

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, San Nicolás is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Jorge Sabag (PDC) and Frank Sauerbaum (RN) as part of the 42nd electoral district, (together with San Fabián, Ñiquén, San Carlos, Ninhue, Quirihue, Cobquecura, Treguaco, Portezuelo, Coelemu, Ránquil, Quillón, Bulnes, Cabrero and Yumbel). The commune is represented in the Senate by Alejandro Navarro Brain (MAS) and Hosain Sabag Castillo (PDC) as part of the 12th senatorial constituency (Biobío-Cordillera).

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Municipality of San Nicolás" (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Chile Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28.