Copiapó Province

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Copiapó Province
Provincia de Copiapó
Official seal of Copiapó Province
Location in the Atacama Region
Copiapó Province is located in Chile
Copiapó Province
Copiapó Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 27°27′S 70°00′W / 27.450°S 70.000°W / -27.450; -70.000Coordinates: 27°27′S 70°00′W / 27.450°S 70.000°W / -27.450; -70.000
Country Chile
ComunasCopiapó, Caldera, Tierra Amarilla
 • TypeProvincial
 • GovernorMario Francisco Rivas Silva
 • Total32,538.5 km2 (12,563.2 sq mi)
 (2002 Census)[2]
 • Total155,713
 • Density4.8/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST)
Area code(s)56 + 52
WebsiteOfficial website

Copiapó Province (Spanish: Provincia de Copiapó) is one of three provinces of the northern Chilean region of Atacama (III). Its capital is the city of Copiapó.

Geography[change | change source]

The Copiapó province has an area of 32,538.5 km2 (12,563.2 sq mi), the largest province in the Atacama region.[2]

Copiapó is bordered on the north by the Chañaral province, on the northeast by Argentina, on the east by the Tierra Amarilla commune, on the south by the Huasco province and on the west by the Pacific Ocean and the Caldera commune.

The main river of the province is the Copiapó river that is 162 km (100.7 mi) long.[3] In the valley of the Copiapó river, fruits, including grapes, are grown.

Population[change | change source]

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 155,713 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 4.8 inhabitants/km².[2]

The largest city of the province is Copiapó, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 129,091 inhabitants.

Administration[change | change source]

As a province, Copiapó is a second-level administrative division, consisting of three communes (comunas). The city of Copiapó serves as the provincial capital. The province is administered by a governor.

The Copiapó province, in the center
Copiapó province
Code Comuna Capital Area[2]
03101 4 Copiapó Copiapó 16,681.3 129,091
03102 3 Caldera Caldera 4,666.6 13,734
03103 5 Tierra Amarilla Tierra Amarilla 11,190.6 12,888
Total of the Copiapó province 32,538.5 155,713

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Conozca al Gobernador". Gobernación - Provincia de Copiapó (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Región de Atacama" (PDF). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  3. "Cuenca del río Copiapó" (PDF). Dirección General de Aguas. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2016.

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