Province of Guadalajara

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Guadalajara
Province
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Coordinates: 40°50′N 2°30′W / 40.833°N 2.500°W / 40.833; -2.500Coordinates: 40°50′N 2°30′W / 40.833°N 2.500°W / 40.833; -2.500
Autonomous community Castilla-La Mancha Castile–La Mancha
Capital Guadalajara
Area
 • Total 12,167 km2 (4,698 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 17th
Population (2012)
 • Total 259,537
 • Rank Ranked 42nd
 • Density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
  0.52% of Spain
Demonym Guadalajareño / Guadalajareña
Official language(s) Spanish

Guadalajara (pronounced: [ɡwaðalaˈxaɾa] from Arabic wādi al-ħajāra (وادي الحجارة), "streambed/valley of stones") is a province of central/north-central Spain, in the northern part of the autonomous community of Castile–La Mancha. It is bordered by the provinces of Cuenca, Madrid, Segovia, Soria, Zaragoza, and Teruel. Guadalajara is a mountainous place, the eastern side of the province is in the Sistema Ibérico area, while the Sistema Central rises in the western part.

Its population is 213,505 (2006). The area of the province covers 12.190 km². Its capital is Guadalajara, where nearly 35% of the province's population lives. There are 288 municipalities in Guadalajara, of which more than three-quarters are villages with populations less than 200.

From 16 to 20 July 2005 the province was devastated by a forest fire, known as the incendio de Guadalajara. Eleven firefighters died after a blowup. The fire was caused by hikers barbecuing.

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