Huasco Province

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Huasco Province
Provincia de Huasco
Province
Official seal of Huasco Province
Seal
Location in the Atacama Region
Location in the Atacama Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Huasco Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 28°32′S 70°22′W / 28.533°S 70.367°W / -28.533; -70.367Coordinates: 28°32′S 70°22′W / 28.533°S 70.367°W / -28.533; -70.367
Country Chile
Region Atacama
Capital Vallenar
Communes
Government[1]
 • Type Provincial
 • Governor Fernando Flores Fredes
Area[2]
 • Total 18,201.5 km2 (7,027.6 sq mi)
Area rank 3
Population (2012 census)[2]
 • Total 72,145
 • Rank 2
 • Density 4.0/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Urban 53,664
 • Rural 12,827
Sex[2]
 • Men 32,712
 • Women 33,779
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 51
Website Government of Huasco

Huasco Province (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈwasko], Spanish: Provincia de Huasco) is one of three provinces of the northern Chilean region of Atacama (III). Vallenar is the capital city.

Geography and demography[edit]

According to the 2012 census by the National Statistics Institute, the province spans an area of 18,201.5 km2 (7,028 sq mi)[2] and had a population of 72,145, giving it a population density of 3.7 /km2 (10 /sq mi). The province had a 2002 population of 66,491 Of these, 53,664 (80.7%) lived in urban areas and 12,827 (19.3%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 2.7% (1,761 persons).[2]

Administration[edit]

As a province, Huasco is a second-level administrative division of Chile, which is further divided into four communes (comunas). The province is administered by a presidentially appointed governor. Fernando Flores Fredes was appointed by president Sebastián Piñera.[1]

Communes[edit]

  1. Vallenar
  2. Freirina
  3. Huasco
  4. Alto del Carmen

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Spanish) "Gobierno de Chile: Gobernadores". Government of Chile. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e (Spanish) "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF). National Statistics Institute. 2007. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-28.