Chile Chico

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Chile Chico
Town and Commune
Chile Chico Wide.JPG
Map of the Chile Chico commune in Aisén Region
Map of the Chile Chico commune in Aisén Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Chile Chico
Location in Chile
Coordinates (town): 46°32′25″S 71°43′20″W / 46.54028°S 71.72222°W / -46.54028; -71.72222Coordinates: 46°32′25″S 71°43′20″W / 46.54028°S 71.72222°W / -46.54028; -71.72222
Country Chile
Region Aisén
Province General Carrera
Government[1] [2]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Luperciano Muñoz González (PPD)
Area[3]
 • Total 5,922.3 km2 (2,286.6 sq mi)
Elevation 214 m (702 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total 4,627
 • Density 0.78/km2 (2.0/sq mi)
 • Urban 3,042
 • Rural 1,402
Sex[3]
 • Men 2,378
 • Women 2,066
Time zone CLT [4] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [5] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 67
Website Municipality of Chile Chico

Chile Chico (Spanish for Little Chile) is a town in General Carrera Province, Aisén Region, Patagonia, Chile. It is located on the south shore of General Carrera Lake. Chile Chico, which has around 3,000 inhabitants, is the eponymous capital of the commune and capital of the General Carrera Province of the Aysén Region.

The town is 6 km (4 mi) west of the border with Argentina, and 8 km from the Argentine town of Los Antiguos, with which it is connected by a paved road. A car ferry connects the town with Puerto Ingeniero Ibáñez on the north shore of the lake.

Climate[edit]

Its rain shadow location gives Chile Chico a Mediterranean climate, unusually dry for its latitude with only half the rainfall of Balmaceda nearby and less than a tenth that received at many coastal locations in the Aisén region. Its moderate climate is sometimes compared to Middle Chile but is most similar to that of places like Sequim which lie in a similar westerly wind rain shadow.

Climate data for Chile Chico
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 34.0
(93.2)
33.6
(92.5)
31.0
(87.8)
30.0
(86)
31.0
(87.8)
31.0
(87.8)
23.2
(73.8)
18.9
(66)
23.4
(74.1)
29.8
(85.6)
32.0
(89.6)
33.0
(91.4)
34.0
(93.2)
Average high °C (°F) 21.6
(70.9)
21.7
(71.1)
19.0
(66.2)
14.8
(58.6)
10.3
(50.5)
7.4
(45.3)
7.0
(44.6)
9.2
(48.6)
12.3
(54.1)
15.6
(60.1)
18.5
(65.3)
20.5
(68.9)
14.83
(58.69)
Daily mean °C (°F) 17.9
(64.2)
17.7
(63.9)
15.2
(59.4)
11.4
(52.5)
7.1
(44.8)
4.1
(39.4)
3.9
(39)
5.9
(42.6)
9.1
(48.4)
12.4
(54.3)
15.0
(59)
17.0
(62.6)
11.39
(52.5)
Average low °C (°F) 11.8
(53.2)
10.7
(51.3)
8.5
(47.3)
5.6
(42.1)
2.6
(36.7)
0.2
(32.4)
−0.3
(31.5)
1.0
(33.8)
3.7
(38.7)
6.4
(43.5)
9.2
(48.6)
11.2
(52.2)
5.88
(42.58)
Record low °C (°F) 1.0
(33.8)
0.5
(32.9)
−0.7
(30.7)
−11
(12)
−14
(7)
−13
(9)
−12.4
(9.7)
−14
(7)
−7
(19)
−4
(25)
0.0
(32)
0.9
(33.6)
−14
(7)
Precipitation mm (inches) 12.1
(0.476)
9.7
(0.382)
17.6
(0.693)
23.9
(0.941)
45.4
(1.787)
41.2
(1.622)
51.9
(2.043)
36.6
(1.441)
23.2
(0.913)
14.1
(0.555)
9.9
(0.39)
10.1
(0.398)
295.7
(11.641)
Avg. precipitation days 3 3 4 6 9 9 9 8 5 4 3 3 66
 % humidity 46 46 53 61 73 78 76 68 59 52 47 46 58.8
Source: Dirección Meteorológica de Chile: Climatología[6]

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Chile Chico spans an area of 5,922.3 km2 (2,287 sq mi) and has 4,444 inhabitants (2,378 men and 2,066 women). Of these, 3,042 (68.5%) lived in urban areas and 1,402 (31.5%) in rural areas. The population grew by 18.3% (687 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]

Administration[edit]

As a commune, Chile Chico is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Luperciano Muñoz González (PPD).[1][2]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Chile Chico is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by René Alinco (PDC) and David Sandoval (UDI) as part of the 59th electoral district, which includes the entire Aisén Region. The commune is represented in the Senate by Antonio Horvath Kiss (RN) and Patricio Walker Prieto (PDC) as part of the 18th senatorial constituency (Aisén Region).

Chile Chico by ship and horse

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Spanish) "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades". Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  2. ^ a b (Spanish) "Municipality of Chile Chico". Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d (Spanish) "National Statistics Institute". Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  6. ^ "Estadisca Climatologica
    Tomo III"
    . Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil. Retrieved 2012-12-23.
     

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