Copiapó Province

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Copiapó Province

Provincia de Copiapó
Official seal of Copiapó Province
Location in the Atacama Region
Location in the Atacama Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Copiapó Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 27°27′S 70°00′W / 27.450°S 70.000°W / -27.450; -70.000Coordinates: 27°27′S 70°00′W / 27.450°S 70.000°W / -27.450; -70.000
Country Chile
Region Atacama
Tierra Amarilla
 • TypeProvincial
 • GovernorManuel Corrales Gonzáles (UDI)
 • Total32,538.5 km2 (12,563.2 sq mi)
 (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total183,973
 • Density5.7/km2 (15/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
 • Men79,436
 • Women76,277
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT [3])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST [4])
Area code(s)56 + 52

Copiapó Province (Spanish: Provincia de Copiapó) is one of three provinces of the northern Chilean region of Atacama (III). Its capital is the city of Copiapó.

Geography and demography[edit]

According to the 2012 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 32,538.5 km2 (12,563 sq mi)[2] and had a population of 183,973 inhabitants, giving it a population density of 4.8/km2 (12/sq mi). It is the tenth largest province in the country. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 24.9% (31,021 persons).[2]


As a province, Copiapó is a second-level administrative division of Chile, which is further divided into three communes (comunas). The province is administered by a presidentially appointed governor. Nicolás Noman Garrido was appointed by president Sebastián Piñera.[1]


  1. Copiapó
  2. Caldera
  3. Tierra Amarilla


  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.