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Ciudad de la Costa

Ciudad de la Costa
Ciudad de la Costa is located in Uruguay
Ciudad de la Costa
Ciudad de la Costa
Location in Uruguay
Country  Uruguay
Department Canelones
Founded 1994
 • Municipality 51.25 km2 (19.79 sq mi)
 • Urban 57 km2 (22 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Municipality 95,176
 • Density 2,194/km2 (5,680/sq mi)
 • Urban 112,449
Time zone UTC -3
Postal codes 15000 - 15008
Dial plan +598 2 (+7 digits)
Location map of the Municipality of Ciudad de la Costa

Ciudad de la Costa is a city in Canelones Department of Uruguay, on the banks of the Río de la Plata between the streams Arroyo Carrasco and Arroyo Pando. It is considered an extension of the metropolitan area of Montevideo which it borders to the west, while to the east it borders Costa de Oro. It was declared a city on 19 October 1994 and given its current name.[1] At the 2011 census, it was the third most populated city of Uruguay.

Ciudad de la Costa is also the name of the municipality to which the city belongs, but which does not include the area of Barra de Carrasco.


The area, characterized by a sandy beach 16 km long, was known as "Rincón de Carrasco" during the 19th century. It was populated gradually during the 20th century, forming a series of resorts starting from Barra de Carrasco in the west, up to El Pinar in the east. The various resorts became characterized by a high floating population that inhabited the area only in summer or on weekends, while most of the permanent population worked in Montevideo.

The abundance of sandy soils made possible the existence of multiple sand pits, which gave rise to the various lakes that characterize the area. Some lakes are used for bathing and water sports, while others are not suitable for these applications and, instead, act as a refuge for many species of birds and animals.


Bridge of the Americas, Ciudad de la Costa.

Since the 1980s there was an explosive growth of population due to an expansive process of Montevideo. According to the census of 1996, its population reached 66,402 inhabitants, 92.6% more than in 1985. The various resorts began to merge to form a unit that actually led to its declaration as a city. The growth in subsequent years has continued at a slower pace. At the census of 2004, the population was 83,888 inhabitants, 28.8% more than in 1996.[2] The coastal city is the largest satellite town of the metropolitan area and the third largest city in Uruguay.

In 2010, the Intendencia de Canelones recorded a population of 79,412 for the municipality during the elections.[3]

The census 2011 results show a total population of 95,176 inhabitants. This number reflects the total sum of the barrios that belong to the municipality. The Instituto Nacional de Estadística, however, has posted some more areas, outside the municipality, as parts of Ciudad de la Costa, a detailed count of which is given in a separate table below. Were these areas to be counted in, the population would rise to 112,447, making it thus the second largest city of Uruguay. There are no other official sources supporting this count, however, leaving Salto as the second in population city.

The population growth has not been accompanied by an adequate development of infrastructure services, so that much of the city lacks public sanitation and many roads are often impassable during rainy periods. Despite these difficulties, the Ciudad de la Costa is now a commercial and tourist centre of importance in the country. The Carrasco International Airport is located north of the city, and Autodromo Victor Borrat Fabini to the east.

Coastal resorts of Ciudad de la Costa (municipality)

Population of the resorts according to 2011 census.[4][5]
Resort Post code Population
El Pinar 15008 21,091
Lomas de Solymar 15006-7 19,124
Solymar 15005 18,573
Parque Carrasco 15000 8,628
Lagomar 15000 8,066
San José de Carrasco 15002 7,288
Barra de Carrasco 15000 5,410
Shangrilá 15001 3,195
Colinas de Solymar 15006-7 2,813
El Bosque 15004 988
Coastal resorts of Ciudad de la Costa
Source: Instituto Nacional de Estadística de Uruguay

The area of Lomas de Solymar also contains Parque de Solymar, Montes de Solymar and Médanos de Solymar. Postal code 15007 has been assigned to "Médanos de Solymar".

Other entities part of Ciudad de la Costa (city)

The 2011 census results mention the following non-coastal censual areas as parts of Ciudad de la Costa.[6] These areas do not belong to the municipality of Ciudad de la Costa. See section Population above.
Locality Population
Paso de Carrasco 15,908
Lomas de Carrasco 806
La Asunción 184
Altos de la Tahona 168
Carmel 80
Haras de Lago 68
Quintas del Bosque 57


North of the Ruta Interbalnearia there is a private cemetery, Parque del Recuerdo.

See also


  1. ^ "LEY N° 16.610". República Oriental del Uruguay, Poder Legislativo. 1994. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "INE Censo Fase I - 2004 (see p. 36 of 63)" (PDF). INE. 2004. Retrieved 27 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "ELECCIONES - Canelones".  
  4. ^ "Censos 2011 Cuadros Canelones". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Censos 2011 Canelones (consult for areas of population under 1,000)". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Censos 2011 Cuadros Canelones (click on "Zona 3")". INE. 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 

External links

  • INE maps of Ciudad de la Costa resorts: Barra de Carrasco, Parque Carrasco, Shangrilá, San José de Carrasco, Lagomar, El Bosque, Solymar, Colinas de Solymar, Lomas de Solymar. El Pinae
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