Chañaral Province

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Chañaral Province
Provincia de Chañaral
Official seal of Chañaral Province
Location in the Atacama Region
Location in the Atacama Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Chañaral Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 26°17′S 69°52′W / 26.283°S 69.867°W / -26.283; -69.867Coordinates: 26°17′S 69°52′W / 26.283°S 69.867°W / -26.283; -69.867
Country  Chile
Region  Atacama
Capital Chañaral
Communes Chañaral
Diego de Almagro
 • Type Provincial
 • Governor Tomás Villavicencio Pizarro
 • Total 24,436.2 km2 (9,434.9 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total 28,874
 • Density 1.2/km2 (3.1/sq mi)
 • Urban 30,854
 • Rural 1,278
 • Men 16,999
 • Women 15,133
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 52
Website Government of Chañaral

Chañaral Province (Spanish: Provincia de Chañaral) is one of three provinces in the northern Chilean region of Atacama (III). Its capital is the small coastal town of Chañaral.

Geography and demography[edit]

According to the 2012 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 24,436.2 km2 (9,435 sq mi)[2] and had a population of 28,874 inhabitants, giving it a population density of 1.3/km2 (3/sq mi). Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population fell by 22.5% (9,319 persons).[2]


As a province, Chañaral is a second-level administrative division of Chile, which is further divided into two communes (comunas): Chañaral and Diego de Almagro. The province is administered by a presidentially appointed governor. Tomás Villavicencio Pizarro was appointed by president Sebastián Piñera.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Gobierno de Chile: Gobernadores". Government of Chile (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF) (in Spanish). National Statistics Institute. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 November 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28.