Pozo Almonte is a city and commune of Chile located in the Tamarugal Province, I Region of Tarapacá. It is the capital of this newly created province. The city is located at 52 km (32 mi) from the region's capital, Iquique. It has over 10,000 inhabitants. The commune has an area of 13,766 km (8,554 mi) and borders the following communes: Iquique, Alto Hospicio, Huara, Pica, María Elena and Tocopilla (the last two being in Tocopilla Province).
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Pozo Almonte had 10,830 inhabitants (6,521 men and 4,309 women). Of these, 7,202 (66.5%) lived in urban areas and 3,628 (33.5%) in rural areas. The population grew by 1.3% (4,508 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
As a commune, Pozo Almonte is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years.
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Pozo Almonte is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Mrs. Marta Isasi (Ind.) and Mr. Hugo Gutiérrez (PC) as part of the 2nd electoral district, which includes the entire Tarapacá Region.The commune is represented in the Senate by Fulvio Rossi Ciocca (PS) and Jaime Orpis Bouchon (UDI) as part of the 1st senatorial constituency (Arica and Parinacota Region and Tarapacá Region).
Map of the Pozo Almonte region, west of Iquique
- ^ a b c d (Spanish) "National Statistics Institute". Retrieved 1 November 2010.