Provinces of Chile

A province is the second largest administrative division in Chile with 56 in total. The largest administrative division in Chile is that of a region with 16 in total.

Provinces of Chile
Provincias de Chile (Spanish)
CategoryUnitary unit
LocationRepublic of Chile
Number56
Populations1,792 (Antártica Chilena) – 4,997,637 (Santiago Province)
Areas164 km2 (63.2 sq mi) (Easter Island) - 1,265,854 km2 (488,748.8 sq mi) (Antártica Chilena)
GovernmentProvincial government, National government
SubdivisionsCommunes
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Each provincial government (gobernación provincial) is headed by a governor (gobernador) appointed by the President. The governor exercises their powers in accordance with instructions from the regional intendant (intendente). The governor is advised by the Provincial Economic and Social Council (Consejo Económico y Social Provincial or CESPRO). The only exception is the Santiago Province, which makes no provision for provincial government in its regulations; the position corresponds to the intendant of the Santiago Metropolitan Region. In January 2001, the Provincial Delegation of Santiago was created with the position of a Provincial Delegate, who exercises the functions of a provincial governor on behalf of the respective intendant.

The country's provinces are further divided into 346 communes which are administered by an alcalde and municipal council.

Until the 1980s, a province was the main administrative division in Chile, with 25 provinces: Tarapacá, Antofagasta, Atacama, Coquimbo, Aconcagua, Valparaíso, Santiago, O'Higgins, Colchagua, Curicó, Talca, Maule, Linares, Ñuble, Concepción, Arauco, Biobío, Malleco, Cautín, Valdivia, Osorno (since 1940), Llanquihue, Chiloé, Aisén (since 1929), Magallanes (since 1929)

List of provinces

The following table gives each province, its capital, surface area and 2002 population according to the National Statistics Institute.

INE
Region
Natural
Region
Region Province Capital No. of
Communes
Area[1][2] 2002[1][2]
Population
NorthFar North ChileArica and Parinacota (XV)AricaArica28,726.4186,488
NorthFar North ChileArica and Parinacota (XV)ParinacotaPutre28,146.93,156
NorthFar North ChileTarapacá (I)IquiqueIquique22,835.3216,419
NorthFar North ChileTarapacá (I)TamarugalPozo Almonte539,390.522,531
NorthFar North ChileAntofagasta (II) AntofagastaAntofagasta467,793.5318,779
NorthFar North ChileAntofagasta (II)El LoaCalama341,999.6143,689
NorthFar North ChileAntofagasta (II)TocopillaTocopilla216,23631,516
NorthNear North ChileAtacama (III)CopiapóCopiapó332,538.5155,713
NorthNear North ChileAtacama (III)HuascoVallenar418,201.566,491
NorthNear North ChileAtacama (III)ChañaralChañaral224,436.232,132
NorthNear North ChileCoquimbo (IV)ElquiLa Serena616,894.8365,371
NorthNear North ChileCoquimbo (IV)LimaríOvalle513,553.2156,158
NorthNear North ChileCoquimbo (IV)ChoapaIllapel410,131.681,681
CentralNorth Central ChileValparaíso (V)Isla de PascuaHanga Roa1163.63,791
CentralNorth Central ChileValparaíso (V)Los AndesLos Andes43,217.795,474
CentralNorth Central ChileValparaíso (V)Marga MargaQuilpué3927.2263,420
CentralNorth Central ChileValparaíso (V)PetorcaLa Ligua64,736.471,243
CentralNorth Central ChileValparaíso (V)QuillotaQuillota61,344.9190,022
CentralNorth Central ChileValparaíso (V)San AntonioSan Antonio61,611.6136,594
CentralNorth Central ChileValparaíso (V)San Felipe de AconcaguaSan Felipe62,659.2131,911
CentralNorth Central ChileValparaíso (V)ValparaísoValparaíso61,999.1651,188
CentralNorth Central ChileO'Higgins (VI)CachapoalRancagua177,384.2542,901
CentralNorth Central ChileO'Higgins (VI)ColchaguaSan Fernando105,678196,566
CentralNorth Central ChileO'Higgins (VI)Cardenal CaroPichilemu63,324.741,160
CentralSouth Central ChileMaule (VII)TalcaTalca109,937.8352,966
CentralSouth Central ChileMaule (VII)LinaresLinares810,041.2253,990
CentralSouth Central ChileMaule (VII)CuricóCuricó97,280.9244,053
CentralSouth Central ChileMaule (VII)CauquenesCauquenes33027.257,088
CentralSouth Central ChileÑuble (XVI)DiguillínBulnes95,229.3319,809
CentralSouth Central ChileÑuble (XVI)PunillaSan Carlos55,202.598,596
CentralSouth Central ChileÑuble (XVI)ItataQuirihue72,177.1153,832
CentralSouth Central ChileBiobío (VIII)ConcepciónConcepción123,439.3912,889
CentralSouth Central ChileBiobío (VIII)BiobíoLos Ángeles1414,987.9353,315
CentralSouth Central ChileBiobío (VIII)AraucoLebu75,457.2157,255
SouthSouth ChileAraucanía (IX)CautinTemuco2118,409667,920
SouthSouth ChileAraucanía (IX)MallecoAngol1113,433.3201,615
SouthSouth ChileLos Ríos (XIV)ValdiviaValdivia810,197.2259,243
SouthSouth ChileLos Ríos (XIV)RancoLa Unión48,232.397,153
SouthSouth ChileLos Lagos (X)LlanquihuePuerto Montt914,876.4321,493
SouthSouth ChileLos Lagos (X)OsornoOsorno79,223.7221,509
SouthSouth ChileLos Lagos (X)ChiloeCastro107,165.5142,194
SouthSouth ChileLos Lagos (X)PalenaFutaleufú415,301.918,971
SouthAustral ChileAysén (XI)CoihaiqueCoihaique212,942.551,103
SouthAustral ChileAysén (XI)AysénPuerto Aysén346,588.829,631
SouthAustral ChileAysén (XI)General CarreraChile Chico211,919.56,921
SouthAustral ChileAysén (XI)Capitan PratCochrane337,043.63,837
SouthAustral ChileMagallanes (XII)MagallanesPunta Arenas436,400.8121,675
SouthAustral ChileMagallanes (XII)Última EsperanzaPuerto Natales255,443.919,855
SouthAustral ChileMagallanes (XII)Tierra del FuegoPorvenir322,592.76,904
SouthAustral ChileMagallanes (XII)Antártica ChilenaPuerto Williams21,265,853.72,392
CentralNorth Central ChileSantiago Metropolitan (XIII)SantiagoSantiago322,090.34,668,473
CentralNorth Central ChileSantiago Metropolitan (XIII)CordilleraPuente Alto35,528.3522,856
CentralNorth Central ChileSantiago Metropolitan (XIII)MaipoSan Bernardo41,120.5378,444
CentralNorth Central ChileSantiago Metropolitan (XIII)TalaganteTalagante5582.3217,449
CentralNorth Central ChileSantiago Metropolitan (XIII)MelipillaMelipilla54,076.7141,165
CentralNorth Central ChileSantiago Metropolitan (XIII)ChacabucoColina32,076.1132,798

See also

References

  1. "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  2. "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF). Retrieved 30 December 2010.
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