Biggest Cities In Uruguay

Montevideo is the biggest and capital city of Uruguay.
Montevideo is the biggest and capital city of Uruguay.


Uruguay is a country located in South America’s southeastern region and is bordered by Argentia and Brazil. The Río de la Plata lies to the south of Uruguay, and the Atlantic Ocean is in the southeast. Nearly 3.42 million people inhabit the country, and 1.8 million of this population inhabit the Montevideo metropolitan area. The country is South America’s second smallest nation and occupies an area of 176,000 square km. Despite its small size, Uruguay has performed quite well and is the continent’s third best country in terms of HDI, GDP growth, infrastructure, and innovation. Here we present the biggest cities in Uruguay and the important facts associated with these cities.

The Five Biggest Cities In Uruguay


Montevideo is Uruguay’s biggest city and seat of government. The city, located on Uruguay’s southern coast on the Río de la Plata’s northeastern side, is the southernmost city in the Americas. Montevideo was established by a Spanish soldier in 1724 and was under brief British rule in 1807. The city has for long been regarded as the Latin American city that ensures the highest quality of life for its citizens. The city achieved a per capita of $24,400 in 2015. Montevideo is also a Beta World City and known to be a multicultural, vibrant, and eclectic place with a rich culture. The city serves as the major port of Uruguay and its chief financial, educational, and cultural hub.


Salto, in northwestern Uruguay, is Salto Department’s biggest city. The city is located about 496 km away from Montevideo on Route 3. on the Río Uruguay’s east bank. Salto is built on hills and bluffs with and near the 'big jump' falls. Numerous religious centers like the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, Parish Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Holy Cross Parish Church, and others are located in this city. The thermal pools close to the city are a major attraction for the city folk. Salto, despite housing a number of slum areas, provides all modern amenities to its citizens.

Ciudad de la Costa

The Ciudad de la Costa is located on the banks of the Río de la Plata in the Canelones Department of the country. It is the third biggest city in Uruguay and regarded as an extension of Montevideo, the country’s capital city. Though the Ciudad de la Costa has experienced a rapid population growth in past few decades, the growth in infrastructure has been insufficient to meet the needs of the growing population. However, despite drawbacks, the Ciudad de la Costa serves as an important commercial and tourist center in Uruguay.


The Paysandú city is located on Uruguay River’s banks where it forms the natural border between Uruguay and Argentina. The Tydeo Larre Borges International Airport serves the city. The city is the country’s center of the plantation forest industry, and a large number of companies that handle Eucalyptus planting and harvesting are located in this city. The city also houses a number of recreational beaches, sporting clubs, and more tourist attractions.

Las Piedras

The fifth biggest city in Uruguay, the Las Piedras is located in the Canelones Department of the country. The city was founded as a settlement in 1744 and was witness to the Battle of Las Piedras. The settlement acquired the official status of a "Pueblo" (village) prior to the independence of the country and became a city on May 15, 1925.

The Biggest Cities In Uruguay

RankCity Population
3Ciudad de la Costa95,176
5Las Piedras71,258
13San José de Mayo36,743
16Barros Blancos31,650
17Ciudad del Plata31,145
18San Carlos27,471
19Colonia del Sacramento26,231

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