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Ciudad La Union

La Unión is a city and commune of the Ranco Province in the Los Ríos Region in Chile. It is situated approximately 40km north of Osorno and 80km southeast of Valdivia. Covering an area of 2,136.7km², it has a population of 36,447, of which 25,615 are considered part of the urban population, according to the 2012 census. The commune derived its name from the confluence of the Llollelhue and Radimadi rivers.La Unión was founded in 1821 during the government of Bernardo O'Higgins, to secure sovereignty over the Central Valley south of Valdivia. It is a major centre for milk production; COLUN is the main milk and dairy product producer in the zone. The commune is covered in forest to the west of the city and the east is dominated by agricultural landscapes spanning Los Llanos. Alerce Costero National Park lies in the western mountains.DemographicsAccording to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, La Unión spans an area of 2136.7sqkm and has 39,447 inhabitants (20,125 men and 19,322 women). Of these, 25,615 (64.9%) lived in urban areas and 13,832 (35.1%) in rural areas. The population grew by 1.8% (707 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
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