Concón

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Concón
City and Commune
Playa Concón.JPG
Flag
Flag
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Map of the Concón commune in the Valparaíso Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Concón
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 32°55′S 71°31′W / 32.917°S 71.517°W / -32.917; -71.517Coordinates: 32°55′S 71°31′W / 32.917°S 71.517°W / -32.917; -71.517
Country Chile
Region Valparaíso
Province Valparaíso
Founded 28 December 1995
Government[1]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Oscar Sumonte González
Area[2]
 • Total 76.0 km2 (29.3 sq mi)
Elevation 27 m (89 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 37,169
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
 • Urban 31,558
 • Rural 715
Demonym Conconino
Sex[2]
 • Men 15,713
 • Women 16,560
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) country 56 + city 32
Website Official website (Spanish)

Concón is a Chilean city and commune in Valparaíso Province, Valparaíso Region. It is a major tourist center known for its beaches, balnearios (beachside resorts) and night life.

Geography[edit]

The commune of Concón spans an area of 76.0 km2 (29 sq mi).[2] It is located on the Pacific coast north of Reñaca, Viña del Mar and south of Quintero. The Aconcagua river ends at the north of the town.

Its three main beaches are Playa Negra, Amarilla and Boca. 50 hectares of dunes stretch along and above the coast, though only about 20 are protected, the rest being increasingly encroached by highrise apartment buildings.

Demographics[edit]

According to data from the 2002 Census of Population and Housing, the commune of Concón had 32,273 inhabitants; of these, 31,558 (97.8%) lived in urban areas and 715 (2.2%) in rural areas. At that time, there were 15,713 men and 16,560 women. Since then, the city has been one of the fastest growing in the country, The population grew by 71% (13,401 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses. The 2010 population was more than 50,000.[citation needed]

[2] The demonym for a person from Concón is Conconino for a man or Conconina for a woman.

History[edit]

This location was first mentioned by Pedro de Valdivia in 1541. It was created as a municipality in 1899 but became part of Viña del Mar in 1927. A 1995 law again turned it into its own municipality.

Costa de Concon desde Higuerillas.JPG

Administration[edit]

As a commune, Concón administered by a municipal council, which is headed by a directly elected alcalde. The current mayor is Oscar Sumonte González. The municipal council has the following members:[1]

  • Sergio Eladio Veas Morales
  • Alberto Enrique Fernández López
  • Marcial Ortiz Flores
  • Susanne Spichiger Jouannet
  • Sandra Contreras Alvarez
  • Bruno Garay Petersen

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Concón is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Edmundo Eluchans (UDI) and Rodrigo González as part of the 14th electoral district, (together with Viña del Mar). The commune is represented in the Senate by Francisco Chahuán Chahuán (RN) and Ricardo Lagos Weber (PPD) as part of the 6th senatorial constituency (Valparaíso-Coast).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Spanish) Municipality of Concón, retrieved 15 November 2010 
  2. ^ a b c d e (Spanish) "National Statistics Institute". Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 

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