Tomás Frías Province

Tomás Frías

Potosí, capital of the Tomás Frías Province and the Potosí Department



Location of the Tomás Frías Province within Bolivia

Provinces of the Potosí Department
Coordinates: 19°23′23″S 65°54′34″W / 19.38972°S 65.90944°W / -19.38972; -65.90944
Country Bolivia
Department Potosí Department
Capital Potosí
  Total 1,320 sq mi (3,420 km2)
Population (2001)
  Total 176,922
  Density 134/sq mi (51.7/km2)
  Ethnicities Quechua, Aymara
Area code(s) BO-P

Tomás Frías is a province in the northern parts of the Bolivian Potosí Department. Its capital is Potosí which is also the capital of the department. The province is named after the former president Tomás Frías Ametller.


Tomás Frías province is one of sixteen provinces in the Potosí Department. It is located between 19° 00' und 19° 50' South and between 65° 32' und 66° 24' West.

It borders Chayanta Province in the north, Oruro Department in the northwest, Antonio Quijarro Province in the southwest, José María Linares Province in the south, and Cornelio Saavedra Province in the east.

The province extends over 115 km from east to west and from north to south.


The Potosí mountain range traverses the province. Some of the highest mountains of the province are listed below:[1][2]


The province comprises four municipalities which are further subdivided into cantons.

Section Municipality Seat
Capital Municipality Potosí Municipality Potosí
1st Tinguipaya Municipality Tinguipaya
2nd Yocalla Municipality Yocalla
3rd Urmiri Municipality Urmiri


The main language of the province is Spanish, spoken by 84.5%, while 75.5% of the population speak Quechua. The population increased from 167,111 inhabitants (1992 census) to 176,922 (2001 census), an increase of 20%. Capital of the province is Potosí (132,966 inhabitants).

28% of the population have no access to electricity, 50.5% have no sanitary facilities.

21% of the population are employed in agriculture, 8% in mining, 10% in industry, 61% in general services. 92% of the population are Catholics, 5% Protestants.

The people are predominantly indigenous citizens of Quechua and Aymara descent.[3]

Ethnic group Potosí Municipality (%) Tinguipaya Municipality (%) Yocalla Municipality (%) Urmiri Municipality (%)
Quechua 68,1 94,7 93,8 49,3
Aymara 2,0 0,2 0,4 46,6
Guaraní, Chiquitos, Moxos 0,2 0,0 0,1 0,0
Not indigenous 29,5 5,1 5,7 4,1
Other indigenous groups 0,2 0,0 0,1 0,1

See also


  1. Bolivian IGM maps 1:50,000 Carhuayo 6336-II, Don Diego 6435-I, Porco 6434-IV, Potosí (Este) 6435-II-1, Potosí (Oeste) 6435-III, Puna 6435-III
  2. Plan de Desarrollo Municipal Tinguipaya 2008 – 2012

Coordinates: 19°23′23″S 65°54′34″W / 19.38972°S 65.90944°W / -19.38972; -65.90944

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