Coquimbo Region

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Coordinates: 29°54′S 71°15′W / 29.900°S 71.250°W / -29.900; -71.250
Coquimbo Region (IV Región de Coquimbo)
Region of Chile
Islote de los Huevos, frente a Los Vilos, región de Coquimbo.jpg
Islote de los Huevos, Coquimbo
Flag of Coquimbo Region, Chile.svg
Flag
Coat of arms of Coquimbo Region, Chile.svg
Symbol
Country  Chile
Provinces Elqui, Limarí, Choapa
Capital La Serena
 - coordinates 29°54′S 71°15′W / 29.900°S 71.250°W / -29.900; -71.250
Lowest point Sea level
 - elevation m (0 ft)
Area 40,579.9 km² (15,668 sq mi) [1]
Population 771,085 (2015) [2]
Density 19 /km² (49 /sq mi)
Intendant Claudio Ibáñez González
ISO 3166-2 CL-CO
Coquimbo , in red, in Chile
Coquimbo , in red, in Chile
Website: Official website (Spanish)

The IV Coquimbo Region (Spanish: IV Región de Coquimbo) is one of Chile's 15 first order administrative divisions.

The capital of the region is the city of La Serena; it is at 400 km (249 mi) north of Santiago, the capital of the country. Other important cities include the seaport Coquimbo and the agricultural centre Ovalle.

History[change | change source]

From 1826, Coquimbo was a province of Chile but in 1974, with the creation of the Regions of Chile, it became one of the Chilean regions.

Geography[change | change source]

The Coquimbo region borders the Atacama region to the north, Argentina on the east, the Valparaíso region on the south and the Pacific Ocean on the west.[1]

The three main rivers are Elqui, Limarí and Choapa.

Population[change | change source]

As of 2015, there were (estimated) 771,085 persons living in the region,[2] for a population density of 19.0 inhabitants/km².

The largest city in the region is its capital, La Serena, with 160,148 inhabitants (2002 census). The port of Coquimbo had 148,438 inhabitants.

Administration[change | change source]

The Coquimbo region is divided in three provinces: Choapa, Elqui and Limarí.

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Coquimbo Region - Provinces and comunas
Provinces Capital Code Comunas Area[1]
(km²)
Population[1]
(2002)
Elqui
(041)
Coquimbo 04101 8 La Serena 1,892.8 160,148
04102 6 Coquimbo 1,429.3 163,036
04103 5 Andacollo 310.3 10,288
04104 7 La Higuera 4,158.2 3,721
04105 9 Paihuano 1,494.7 4,168
04106 10 Vicuña 7,609.8 24,010
Total of the Elqui province 16,895.1 365,371
Choapa
(042)
Illapel 04201 2 Illapel 2,629.1 30,355
04202 1 Canela 2,196.6 4,379
04203 3 Los Vilos 1,860.6 17,453
04204 4 Salamanca 3,445.3 24,494
Total of the Choapa province 10,131.6 81,681
Limarí
(043)
Ovalle 04301 13 Ovalle 3,834.5 98,089
04302 11 Combarbalá 1,895.9 13,483
04303 12 Monte Patria 4,366.3 30,276
04304 14 Punitaqui 1,339.3 9,539
04305 15 Río Hurtado 2,117.2 4,771
Total of the Limarí province 13,553.2 156,158
Total of the region 40,579.9 603,210

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Región de Coquimbo" (PDF). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Población país y regiones - Actualización 2002-2012 y Proyección 2013-2020" (XLS) (in Spanish). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas (INE). 4 September 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 

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