Bío Bío Region

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Coordinates: 36°50′S 73°03′W / 36.833°S 73.050°W / -36.833; -73.050
Bío Bío Region (VIII Región del Biobío)
Region of Chile
Concepcion and the Biobio River.jpg
The Biobío at Concepción close to where it meets the sea
Flag of Biobío Region, Chile.svg
Flag
Coat of arms of Biobío Region, Chile.svg
Coat of arms
Country  Chile
Provinces Bío Bío, Concepción, Arauco
Capital Concepción
 - coordinates 36°50′S 73°03′W / 36.833°S 73.050°W / -36.833; -73.050
Lowest point Pacific Ocean
 - elevation m (0 ft)
Area 23,890.2 km² (9,224 sq mi) [1]
Population 1,557,414 (2017) [2]
Density 65 /km² (168 /sq mi)
Intendant Jorge Ulloa
ISO 3166-2 CL-BI
Bío Bío, in red, in Chile
Bío Bío, in red, in Chile
Website: Official website (Spanish)

The Bío Bío Region (Spanish: Región del Biobío) is one of Chile's 16 first order administrative divisions. Its capital is Concepción, the second city of Chile after the national capital, Santiago.

The region is named after its main river: the Bío Bío river.

History[change | change source]

The Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia founded the city of Concepción in 1550 at the mouth of the Bío Bío river. He died in 1553 during the Arauco War against the Mapuche people.

The Region has been hit by many earthquakes, including the most powerful earthquake ever recorded (the Great Chilean Earthquake in 1960) and the earthquake of 2010, when many communities in the region were greatly affected by the earthquake and the following tsunami.

Geography[change | change source]

The Bío Bío region has area of 23,890.2 km2 (9,224.1 sq mi).[1]

It borders the Ñuble region to the north, Argentina to the east, the Araucanía region to the south and the Pacific Ocean on the west.[1]

The main river in the region is the

  1. Bío Bío river, 380 km (236 mi) long, the second longest river of Chile after the Loa river.

Population[change | change source]

The Bío Bío Region, with 1,557,414 inhabitants (2017 census), is the third region with more people living in it, after the Valparaíso Region. Its population density was 65.2.

Administration[change | change source]

The Bío Bío region is further subdivided into three provinces: Arauco, Bío Bío and Concepción.

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Bío Bío Region - Provinces and comunas
Province Capital Code Comuna Area[1]
(km²)
Population[1]
(2002)
Concepción (081) Concepción 08101 23 Concepción 221.6 216,061
08102 24 Coronel 279.4 95,528
08103 22 Chiguayante 71.5 81,302
08104 25 Florida 608.6 10,177
08105 27 Hualqui 530.5 18,768
08106 28 Lota 135.8 49,089
08107 29 Penco 107.6 46,016
08108 30 San Pedro de la Paz 112.5 80,447
08109 31 Santa Juana 731.2 12,713
08110 32 Talcahuano 92.3 163,626
08111 33 Tomé 494.5 52,440
08112 26 Hualpén 53.5 86,722
Total of Concepción province 3,439.0 912,889
Arauco (082) Lebu
08201 5 Lebu 561.4 25,035
08202 1 Arauco 956.1 34,873
08203 2 Cañete 1,089.2 31,270
08204 3 Contulmo 638.8 5,838
08205 4 Curanilahue 994.3 31,943
08206 6 Los Álamos 599.1 18,632
08207 7 Tirúa 624.4 9,664
Total of Arauco province 5,463.3 157,255
Bío Bío (083) Los Ángeles
08301 12 Los Ángeles 1,748.2 166,556
08302   9 Antuco 1,884.1 3,908
08303 10 Cabrero 640.8 25,282
08304 11 Laja 339.8 22,404
08305 13 Mulchén 1,925.3 29,003
08306 14 Nacimiento 934.9 25,971
08307 15 Negrete 156.5 8,579
08308 16 Quilaco 1,123.7 4,021
08309 17 Quilleco 1,121.8 10,428
08310 18 San Rosendo 92.4 3,918
08311 19 Santa Bárbara 1,254.9 12,943
08312 20 Tucapel 914.9 12,777
08313 21 Yumbel 727.0 20,498
08314   8 Alto Biobío 2,124.6 7,027
Total of Bío Bío province 14,987.9 353,315
Total of the region 37,068.7 1,861,562

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Región del Bío-Bío" (PDF). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas. 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  2. "Población país y regiones - Actualización 2002-2012 y Proyección 2013-2020" (XLS) (in Spanish). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (INE). 4 September 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 

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