|Founded||March 16, 1956|
|• Mayor||Luis Butron Castillo (2007)|
|• Total||6,494.76 km2 (2,507.64 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3,827 m (12,556 ft)|
|Population (2002 estimate)|
|• Density||34/km2 (88/sq mi)|
Puno is a province in the Puno Region, in southeastern Peru. It borders the provinces of Huancane, San Román, El Collao and the Moquegua Region's province of General Sánchez Cerro. Its capital is the city of Puno, which is located at the edge of Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake. This province is the economic powerhouse of the region.
The province is divided into fifteen districts (Spanish: distritos, singular: distrito):
- San Antonio
The province is inhabited by indigenous citizens of Aymara and Quechua descent. Spanish is the language which the majority of the population (45.40%) learnt to speak in childhood, 27.67% of the residents started speaking using the Quechua language and 26.50% using Aymara (2007 Peru Census).
- inei.gob.pe INEI, Peru, Censos Nacionales 2007
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