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City and Commune
Avenida Grecia, looking to west
Avenida Grecia, looking to west
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Map of Peñalolén commune in Greater Santiago
Map of Peñalolén commune in Greater Santiago
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city):
Country Chile
Region Santiago Metro.
Province Santiago
Government[1] [2]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Carolina Leitao (PDC)
 • Total 54.2 km2 (20.9 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)[3]
 • Total 216,060
 • Density 4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
 • Urban 216,060
 • Rural 0
 • Men 105,528
 • Women 110,532
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 +
Website Municipality of Peñalolén

Peñalolén (Mapudungun "fraternal meeting place") is a Chilean commune in Santiago Province, Santiago Metropolitan Region. It was founded on November 15, 1984.


According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Peñalolén spans an area of 54.2 km2 (21 sq mi) and has 216,060 inhabitants (105,528 men and 110,532 women), making the commune an entirely urban area. The population grew by 20.2% (36,279 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]

  • Area: 54.2 km²[6]
  • Population: 238,177 (2006 projection)[6]
  • Average annual household income: US$23,856 (PPP, 2006)[6]
  • Population below poverty line: 8.7% (2006)[7]
  • Regional quality of life index: 74.35, medium, 26 out of 52 (2005)
  • Human Development Index: 0.743, 52 out of 341 (2003)[8]


As a commune, Peñalolén is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde (mayor) who is directly elected every four years. As of 2013, the alcalde is Carolina Leitao (PDC).[1][2]


Since 1984, Peñalolén has had five mayors:

  • María Angélica Cristi (1984–1989, appointed by Pinochet)
  • Carlos Alarcón (1989–1993, appointed by Aylwin)
  • Carlos Echeverría (1993–1996)
  • Carlos Alarcón (1997–2004)
  • Claudio Orrego (2004-2013)
  • Carolina Leitao (2013-Present)

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Peñalolén is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Enrique Accorsi (PPD) and María Angélica Cristi (UDI) as part of the 24th electoral district, (together with La Reina). The commune is represented in the Senate by Soledad Alvear (PDC) and Pablo Longueira (UDI) as part of the 8th senatorial constituency (Santiago-East).



External links

  • (Spanish) Municipality of Peñalolén
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