Province of Cuenca
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Cuenca provincial parliament
Map of Spain with Cuenca highlighted
|Autonomous community||Castile-La Mancha|
|• President||Juan Manuel Ávila Francés (PSOE)|
|• Total||17,141 km2 (6,618 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 5th|
|• Rank||Ranked 44th|
|• Density||13/km2 (33/sq mi)|
|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Cuenca (province).|
The province is bordered by the provinces of Valencia (including its exclave Rincón de Ademuz), Albacete, Ciudad Real, Toledo, Madrid, Guadalajara, and Teruel. The northeastern side of the province is in the mountainous Sistema Ibérico area.
211,375 people (2007) live in the province. Its capital is Cuenca, where nearly a quarter of the population live, some 52,980 people. There are 238 municipalities in Cuenca.
In 1851 Cuenca lost Requena-Utiel to the neighbouring Valencia Province with which it was developing commercial ties. Nevertheless, Requena-Utiel remained Castillian/Spanish speaking (rather than Valencian), while the loss of its most dynamic region left the province of Cuenca relatively under-developed economically.