Ovalle

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Ovalle
City and Commune
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Coat of arms
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Comuna de Ovalle.svg
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Ovalle
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 30°36′S 71°12′W / 30.600°S 71.200°W / -30.600; -71.200Coordinates: 30°36′S 71°12′W / 30.600°S 71.200°W / -30.600; -71.200
Country Chile
Region Coquimbo
Province Limarí
Founded 1831
Government[1]
 • Type Municipality
 • Alcalde Claudio Rentería Larrondo
Area[2]
 • Total 3,834.5 km2 (1,480.5 sq mi)
Elevation 215 m (705 ft)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 103,734
 • Density 27/km2 (70/sq mi)
 • Urban 73,790
 • Rural 24,299
Sex[2]
 • Men 47,805
 • Women 50,284
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Postal code 1840000
Area code(s) 56 + 53
Website Official website (Spanish)

Ovalle is a city in the Coquimbo Region of Chile,[3] founded in 1831 as a settlement of more than 113,000 people. The name Ovalle was chosen to honor to Chile's vice-president José Tomás Ovalle. Ovalle is the capital of the Limarí Province.

The city's setting is often likened to an oasis, being lush and green although surrounded by barren hills.[citation needed]

There is a trail leading from the city that lasts roughly 50 minutes, and features relatively safe bathing and an area where dinosaur fossils can be found. On the trail is a life-sized model of a brachiosaurus.

The town's club is Deportes Ovalle. Famous players have played for the club, including 1982 FIFA World Cup player Rodolfo Dubó.

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Ovalle spans an area of 3,834.5 km2 (1,481 sq mi) and has 98,089 inhabitants (47,805 men and 50,284 women). Of these, 73,790 (75.2%) lived in urban areas and 24,299 (24.8%) in rural areas. The population grew by 15.4% (13,107 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[2]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Ovalle
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 36
(97)
32
(90)
33
(91)
30
(86)
30
(86)
26
(79)
27
(81)
31
(88)
32
(90)
30
(86)
32
(90)
32
(90)
36
(97)
Average high °C (°F) 28
(82)
28
(82)
25
(77)
22
(72)
19
(66)
17
(63)
17
(63)
19
(66)
20
(68)
21
(70)
24
(75)
26
(79)
22.2
(71.9)
Daily mean °C (°F) 20
(68)
20
(68)
18
(64)
15
(59)
13
(55)
11
(52)
10
(50)
12
(54)
13
(55)
14
(57)
16
(61)
18
(64)
15
(58.9)
Average low °C (°F) 12
(54)
12
(54)
11
(52)
9
(48)
7
(45)
6
(43)
4
(39)
6
(43)
7
(45)
7
(45)
9
(48)
11
(52)
8.4
(47.3)
Record low °C (°F) 7
(45)
10
(50)
7
(45)
2
(36)
0
(32)
0
(32)
−2
(28)
0
(32)
1
(34)
2
(36)
2
(36)
5
(41)
−2
(28)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
20
(0.79)
50
(1.97)
20
(0.79)
20
(0.79)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
110
(4.34)
 % humidity 68 69 72 76 77 82 82 82 79 74 70 67 74.8
Source: Weatherbase [4]

Administration[edit]

As a commune, Ovalle 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 2012-2016 alcalde is Claudio Rentería Larrondo.

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Ovalle is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Pedro Velásquez (Ind.) and Matías Walker (PDC) as part of the 8th electoral district, (together with Coquimbo and Río Hurtado). The commune is represented in the Senate by Gonzalo Uriarte (UDI) and Jorge Pizarro Soto (PDC) as part of the 4th senatorial constituency (Coquimbo Region).

Gallery[edit]

Public Square Kiosk
Vista de Ovalle
The Andean Mountains as seen from Fundina, Ovalle, Chile.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Spanish) "Municipality of Ovalle". Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d (Spanish) "National Statistics Institute". Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.welcomechile.com/ovalle/index_i.html
  4. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Ovalle, Chile". Weatherbase. 2011.  Retrieved on November 24, 2011.

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