|Town and Commune|
Location of the Cholchol commune in the Araucanía Region
|• Alcalde||Violeta Cea Villalobos|
|• Total||427.9 km2 (165.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||22 m (72 ft)|
|Population (2012 Census)|
|• Density||24/km2 (63/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CLT  (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||CLST  (UTC-3)|
|Area code(s)||(+56) 45|
|Website||Municipality of Cholchol|
Cholchol is a Chilean town and commune located in Cautín Province, Araucanía Region. The commune was created by Law 19,944 on April 22, 2004 by dividing off the northern area of the existing Nueva Imperial commune.
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Cholchol spans an area of 4,257.9 km2 (1,644 sq mi) and has 10,065 inhabitants. Of these, 3,355 (33.3%) lived in urban areas and 6,710 (66.7%) in rural areas. The population grew by 9.3% (859 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
As a commune, Cholchol is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a communal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Violeta Cea Villalobos (UDI). The communal council has the following members:
- Julio Torres López (UDI)
- Silvia Francisca Huirilef Barra (PPD)
- José Amador Matamala Molina (RN)
- Juan Neculhual Tropa (PPD)
- Israel Gutiérrez Narváez (DC)
- Samuel Curamil Huircapán (UDI)
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Cholchol belongs to the 51st electoral district and 15th senatorial constituency.
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- "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF) (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 December 2010.
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- (Spanish) Municipality of Cholchol