|City and Commune|
|Coordinates (city): Coordinates:|
|• Alcalde||Josefa Errázuriz (independent)|
|• Total||14.4 km2 (5.6 sq mi)|
|Population (2002 Census)|
|• Density||8,400/km2 (22,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CLT  (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||CLST  (UTC-3)|
|Area code(s)||56 +|
|Website||Municipality of Providencia|
Providencia (Spanish: "providence") is a commune of Chile located in Santiago Province, Santiago Metropolitan Region. Part of Greater Santiago, it is bordered by the communes of Santiago to the west, Recoleta to the northwest, Las Condes and Vitacura to the northeast, La Reina to the east, and Ñuñoa to the south.
Providencia is home to a large upper middle-class population and it holds the region's highest percentage of population over 60 (21.51%). It contains many high-rise apartment buildings as well as a significant portion of Santiago's commerce. It is notable for its large, old and elegant houses inhabited in the past by the Santiago elite and now mostly used as offices.
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Providencia spans an area of 14.4 km2 (6 sq mi) and has 120,874 inhabitants (53,082 men and 67,792 women), making the commune an entirely urban area. The population grew by 8.7% (9,692 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
- Area: 14.4 km²[dead link]
- Population: 126,436 (2009 projection)[dead link]
- Average annual household income: US$53,767 (PPP, 2006)[dead link]
- Population below poverty line: 3.5% (2006)[dead link]
- Regional quality of life index: 83.01, high, 5 out of 52 (2005)
- Human Development Index: 0.911, 4 out of 341 (2003)
- Patricio Aylwin, former president
- Ricardo Lagos, former president
- Pablo Neruda, poet
- Gabriel Valdés, former senator
As a commune, Providencia 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 María Josefa Errázuriz Guilisasti (Independent).
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Providencia is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Jorge Burgos (PDC) and Marcela Sabat (RN) as part of the 21st electoral district, (together with Ñuñoa). The commune is represented in the Senate by Soledad Alvear (PDC) and Pablo Longueira (UDI) as part of the 8th senatorial constituency (Santiago-East).
Areas of interest
Providencia includes Barrio Suecia, an area filled with pubs and nightclubs, and Barrio Bellavista, a bohemian area populated with artists and performers. The latter lies in the shadow of Cerro San Cristóbal, a prominent hill in the city topped by a 22 m statue of The Virgin Mary. The north of Providencia is its financial and commercial district (centred on Providencia and Nueva Providencia (Ex 11 de Septiembre) avenues), while the remainder of it contains high-priced residential development.
Other notable areas of interest in Providencia include the Metropolitan Zoo, the Teleférico (an aerial gondola that transports people from the foot of Pedro de Valdivia Norte Street to the top of San Cristóbal Hill), several television networks and Radio Cooperativa. The municipality is also home to many embassies, including those of Italy, France, Egypt, Russia, China, and Uruguay.
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- (Spanish) Municipality of Providencia