Chiloé Province

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Chiloé Province
Provincia de Chiloé
Beach of Nercón
Beach of Nercón
Official seal of Chiloé Province
Location in the Los Lagos Region
Location in the Los Lagos Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Chiloé Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 42°30′S 74°00′W / 42.500°S 74.000°W / -42.500; -74.000Coordinates: 42°30′S 74°00′W / 42.500°S 74.000°W / -42.500; -74.000
Country Chile
Region Los Lagos
Capital Castro
 • Type Provincial
 • Total 7,165.5 km2 (2,766.6 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census)[1]
 • Total 161,654
 • Density 23/km2 (58/sq mi)
 • Urban 82,058
 • Rural 60,136
 • Men 71,386
 • Women 70,808
Time zone CLT[2] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST[3] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 65

Chiloé Province (Spanish: Provincia de Chiloé) is one of the four provinces in the southern Chilean region of Los Lagos (X). It consists of all of Chiloé Archipelago (including Chiloé Island) with the exception of the Desertores Islands. The province spans a surface area of 9,181.6 km2 (3,545 sq mi).[1] Its capital is Castro, and the seat of the Roman Catholic bishopric is Ancud.


As a province, Chiloé is a second-level administrative division of Chile, governed by a provincial governor who is appointed by the president.


Communes of Los Lagos Region. Provinces are shown in colours.

The province is composed of ten communes, each governed by a municipality consisting of an alcalde and municipal council.

Geography and demography[edit]

According to the 2002 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 7,165.5 km2 (2,767 sq mi) and had a population of 142,194 inhabitants (71,386 men and 70,808 women), giving it a population density of 19.8/km2 (51/sq mi). Of these, 82,058 (57.7%) lived in urban areas and 60,136 (42.3%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 9.1% (11,805 persons).[1]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Chile Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28.