Peñalolén (Mapudungun "fraternal meetin place") is a Chilean commune in Santiago Province, Santiago Metropolitan Region. It wis foondit on 15 November 1984.

Avenida Grecia, looking to west
Avenida Grecia, looking to west
Coat o airms
Coat airms
Map o Peñalolén commune in Greater Santiago
Map o Peñalolén commune in Greater Santiago
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Coordinates (city): 33°29′S 70°33′W / 33.483°S 70.550°W / -33.483; -70.550
RegionSantiago Metro.
 • TeepMunicipality
 • AlcaldeClaudio Orrego Larraín (PDC)
 • Total54.2 km2 (20.9 sq mi)
 (2002 Census)[3]
 • Total216,060
 • Density4,000/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Landwart aurie
 • Men105,528
 • Weemen110,532
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT [4])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST [5])
Area code(s)56 +
WebsiteMunicipality o Peñalolén


Accordin tae the 2002 census o the Naitional Statistics Institute, Peñalolén spans an aurie o 54.2 km2 (21 sq mi) an haes 216,060 inhabitants (105,528 men an 110,532 weemen), makkin the commune an entirely urban aurie. The population grew bi 20.2% (36,279 bodies) atween the 1992 an 2002 censuses.[3]

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


As a commune, Peñalolén is a third-level admeenistrative diveesion o Chile admeenistered bi a municipal cooncil, heidit bi an alcalde who is directly electit ivery fower years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Claudio Orrego Larraín (PDC).[1][2]


Syne 1984, Peñalolén haes haed sax mayors:

  • María Angélica Cristi (1984–1989, appointit bi Pinochet)
  • Carlos Alarcón (1989–1993, appointit bi Aylwin)
  • Carlos Echeverría (1993–1996)
  • Carlos Alarcón (1997–2004)
  • Claudio Orrego (2004-2012)
  • Carolina Leitao (2012-present)

Athin the electoral diveesions o Chile, Peñalolén is representit in the Chamber o Deputies bi Enrique Accorsi (PPD) an María Angélica Cristi (UDI) as pairt o the 24t electoral destrict, (thegither wi La Reina). The commune is representit in the Senate bi Soledad Alvear (PDC) an Pablo Longueira (UDI) as pairt o the 8t senatorial constituency (Santiago-East).



  1. a b (in Spaingie) "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades". Retrieved 27 Januar 2011.
  2. a b (in Spaingie) "Municipality of Peñalolén". Retrieved 27 Januar 2011.
  3. a b c d (in Spaingie) "National Statistics Institute". Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  4. "Chile Time". Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  5. "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  6. a b c Sistema de Información Regional, Ministry of Planning of Chile.
  7. Poverty in the Santiago Metropolitan Region, Ministry of Planning of Chile.
  8. "Las Trayectorias del Desarrollo Humano en las Comunas de Chile (1994-2003)." UNDP, Gobierno de Chile, Mideplán

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