San Carlos, Uruguay

San Carlos

Coat of arms
San Carlos
Coordinates: 34°48′0″S 54°55′0″W / 34.80000°S 54.91667°W / -34.80000; -54.91667Coordinates: 34°48′0″S 54°55′0″W / 34.80000°S 54.91667°W / -34.80000; -54.91667
Country  Uruguay
Department Maldonado Department
Founded 1763
  Mayor (Alcalde) Gregorio Quintana (Broad Front)
Elevation 24 m (79 ft)
Population (2011)
  Total 27,471
  Demonym carolino
Time zone UTC -3
Postal code 20400
Dial plan +598 42 (+6 digits)
Climate Cfa

San Carlos is a city in the Maldonado Department of southern Uruguay.

San Carlos is also the name of the municipality to which the city belongs. It includes the following zones: San Carlos, El Tesoro, La Barra, Edén Rock, El Chorro, Manantiales, Balneario Buenos Aires, Punta Piedras, Santa Mónica, San Vicente, El Edén, Paso de la Cantera, Las Cañas, Carapé, Mataojo, Guardia Vieja, Pago de la Paja, Partido Norte, Partido Oeste, Cañada Bellaca, Corte de la Leña, Punta del Campanera, Puntas de Mataojo, Laguna José Ignacio.

Location and geography

The city is located on Route 39, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south of its intersection with Route 9 and about 13.5 kilometres (8.4 mi) north of the center of the department capital city of Maldonado. The stream Arroyo San Carlos flows along the east limits of the city and the park and neighbourhood of Parque Medina is situated across it.


It was founded on October 1763 by the Spanish Governor Pedro Antonio de Cevallos, to discourage the foundation of Portuguese settlements in the region. Its name is originated from that of the King of Spain at the time, Charles III.

It had acquired the status of "Villa" (town) before the Independence of Uruguay, which was elevated to "Ciudad" (city) on 18 December 1929 by the Act of Ley Nº 8.559.[1]


In 2011, San Carlos had a population of 27,471.[2] This makes it the second largest city in Maldonado Department after the capital city of Maldonado. According to the Intendencia Departamnetal de Maldonado, the municipality of San Carlos has a population of 27,000.[3]

Location map of the municipality of San Carlos
Year Population
1908 5,014
1963 13,695
1975 16,925
1985 19,877
1996 24,030
2004 24,771
2011 27,471

Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay[1]


It is considered to be the agropecuarian centre of the region.

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See also


  1. 1 2 "Statistics of urban localities (1908–2011)" (PDF). INE. 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  2. "Censos 2011 Cuadros Maldonado". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  3. "Presupuesto-2011-2015". Intendencia Departamnetal de Maldonado. 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
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