Illapel

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Illapel
City and Commune
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Flag
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of Illapel commune in the Coquimbo Region
Location of Illapel commune in the Coquimbo Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Illapel
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 31°38′S 71°10′W / 31.633°S 71.167°W / -31.633; -71.167Coordinates: 31°38′S 71°10′W / 31.633°S 71.167°W / -31.633; -71.167
Country Chile
Region Coquimbo
Province Choapa
Founded 1752
Government[1]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Denis Cortés Vargas (IND/JPM)
Area[2]
 • Total 2,629.1 km2 (1,015.1 sq mi)
Elevation 388 m (1,273 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 30,074
 • Density 11/km2 (30/sq mi)
 • Urban 21,826
 • Rural 8,529
Demonym Illapelino
Sex[2]
 • Men 14,940
 • Women 15,415
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 53
Website Official website (Spanish)

Illapel is a Chilean city, which is the capital of the Choapa Province, Coquimbo Region. It lies along the Illapel River and marks the country's narrowest point along a parallel (94 km).It's located to the east of Los Vilos.

Administration[edit]

As a commune, Illapel 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 Denis Cortés Vargas (IND/JPM).[1]

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Illapel is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Mrs. Adriana Muñoz (PDC) and Mr. Luis Lemus (Ind.) as part of the 9th electoral district, (together with Combarbalá, Punitaqui, Monte Patria, Salamanca, Los Vilos, Canela). The commune is represented in the Senate by Evelyn Matthei Fornet (UDI) and Jorge Pizarro Soto (PDC) as part of the 4th senatorial constituency (Coquimbo Region).

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Illapel spans an area of 2,629.1 km2 (1,015 sq mi) and has 30,355 inhabitants (14,940 men and 15,415 women). Of these, 21,826 (71.9%) lived in urban areas and 8,529 (28.1%) in rural areas. The population grew by 4.6% (1,348 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Spanish) "Municipality of Illapel". Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d (Spanish) "National Statistics Institute". Retrieved 5 November 2010. 

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