Location of Paysandú, in red, in Uruguay
|Creation||27 January 1816|
|• Intendant||Guillermo Caraballo|
|• Total||13,922 km2 (5,375 sq mi)|
|• Density||8.1/km2 (21/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-03 (UYT)|
|ISO 3166 code||UY-PA|
Its ISO 3166-2 code is UY-PA.
The Paysandú department is in the western part of Uruguay, along the Uruguay river. It has an area of 13,922 km2 (5,375 sq mi), the third largest department in the country, after the Tacuarembó and Salto departments. The population is 113,124 inhabitants (2011 census) for a population density of 8.1 inhabitants/km2.
There are two chains of low hills in the department. These chains of low and rounded hills are named cuchillas in the country. The two cuchillas in the department are cuchilla de Queguay to the northwest, and cuchilla de Haedo to the southeast.
The main rivers in the department are:
- Uruguay, to the west and that forms the border with Argentina; and
- Queguay Grande, a tributary of the Uruguay river that flows through the department from East to West.
The average amount of precipitation for the year in Paysandú is 1,196.3 mm (47.1 in). The month with the most precipitation on average is March with 142.2 mm (5.6 in) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is May with an average of 66 mm (2.6 in).
The average temperature for the year in Paysandú is 17.9 °C (64.2 °F). The warmest month, on average, is January with an average temperature of 24.8 °C (76.6 °F). The coolest month on average is June, with an average temperature of 11.7 °C (53.1 °F).
The inhabitants of the Paysandú department (and of the city of Paysandú) are known, in Spanish, as Sanduceros.
Evolution of the population in Paysandú
- Rural population
- Main towns
|City / Town||Population|
|Chacras de Paysandú||3,965|
Basilica of Paysandú.
- "Intendente" (in Spanish). Intendencia Departamental de Paysandú. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
- "Censos 2011 - Departamento Paysandú". Instituto Nacional de Estadística. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 20 Julio 2017. Check date values in:
- "Paysandú, Uruguay - Köppen Climate Classification". Weatherbase. Retrieved 5 August 2017.