Las Piedras, Uruguay

Not to be confused with Las Piedras of Artigas Department
Las Piedras

The Obelisc of Las Piedras
Las Piedras
Coordinates: 34°43′0″S 56°13′0″W / 34.71667°S 56.21667°W / -34.71667; -56.21667Coordinates: 34°43′0″S 56°13′0″W / 34.71667°S 56.21667°W / -34.71667; -56.21667
Country  Uruguay
Department Canelones Department
Founded 1744
Elevation 81 m (266 ft)
Population (2011)
  Total 71,258
  Demonym pedrense
Time zone UTC -3
postal code 90200
Dial plan +598 2 (+7 digits)

Las Piedras is a city in the Canelones Department of Uruguay. As of the census of 2011, it is the fifth most populated city of the country.

Las Piedras is also the name of the municipality to which the city belongs.


The city is located on the east side of Route 5, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) north of the border with Montevideo Department. Bordering La Paz to the south and Montevideo to the southeast, it belongs to the wider metropolitan area of Montevideo. The stream Arroyo de Las Piedras flows by the city.


Las Piedras was founded in 1744 under the name "San Isidro".[1]

On May 18, 1811 the Uruguayan independence leader don José Gervasio Artigas led patriot forces to victory against Spain at the Battle of Las Piedras. While not the definitive event in the country's independence process, it marked a significant step towards the eventual establishment of an independent Uruguay.

It had acquired the status of "Pueblo" (village) before the Independence of Uruguay. Its status was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) on 15 May 1925 by the Act of Ley Nº 7.837.[1]


According to the 2011 census, Las Piedras had a population of 71,258.[2] In 2010 the Intendencia de Canelones had estimated a population of 79,412 for the municipality during the elections.[3]

Location map of the Municipality of Las Piedras
Year Population
1908 8,109
1963 40,658
1975 53,331
1985 58,283
1996 66,584
2004 69,222
2011 71,258

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[1]

Places of worship


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Las Piedras has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]


There is one professional association football team called Juventud de Las Piedras.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2004) (see also "San Isidro")" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  2. "Censos 2011 Cuadros Canelones". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  3. "ELECCIONES - Canelones". El Observador. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  4. St. Isidore the Laborer (Spanish)
  5. Climate Summary for Las Piedras, Uruguay
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