Provincia de Chiloé
Beach of Nercón
Location in the Los Lagos Region
|• Total||7,165.5 km2 (2,766.6 sq mi)|
|Population (2012 Census)|
|• Density||23/km2 (58/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CLT (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||CLST (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 encompasses 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). Its capital is Castro, and the seat of the Roman Catholic bishopric is Ancud.
Geography and demography
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).