Chimbas Department

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Chimbas
Departamento Chimbas
Department
location of Departamento Chimbas in San Juan Province
location of Departamento Chimbas in San Juan Province
Country Argentina
Capital Villa Paula Albarracín de Sarmiento
Area
 • Total 62 km2 (24 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 73.829 (2,001 census [INDEC])
Demonym chimbero/a
Postal Code 5400
IFAM SJU005
Area Code 0264
Coordinates 31°29′S 68°32′W / 31.483°S 68.533°W / -31.483; -68.533
Patron saint Virgen de Andacollo

Chimbas is a department of the province of San Juan, Argentina. It is located on the south bank of the San Juan River, and is part of greater San Juan. The department is thoroughly urbanized and industrial.

Origin of name[edit]

This name comes from the Basque language, and translates as "field outside the river" or "opposite side of the river."

Coordinates: 31°29′S 68°32′W / 31.483°S 68.533°W / -31.483; -68.533