El Loa

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El Loa Province
Provincia El Loa
Official seal of El Loa Province
Location in the Antofagasta Region
Location in the Antofagasta Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
El Loa Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 22°50′S 68°07′W / 22.833°S 68.117°W / -22.833; -68.117Coordinates: 22°50′S 68°07′W / 22.833°S 68.117°W / -22.833; -68.117
Country  Chile
Region  Antofagasta
Capital Calama
Communes Calama
San Pedro de Atacama
 • Type Provincial
 • Governor Luis B. Garrido Ampuero (UDI)
 • Total 41,999.6 km2 (16,216.1 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census)[1]
 • Total 142,686
 • Density 3.4/km2 (8.8/sq mi)
 • Urban 138,538
 • Rural 5,151
 • Men 73,970
 • Women 69,719
Time zone CLT [2] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [3] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 55
Website Government of El Loa

El Loa Province (Spanish: Provincia El Loa) is one of three provinces of the northern Chilean region of Antofagasta (II). It is named after the longest of rivers in Chile, the Loa River. The provincial capital is Calama.

Geography and demography[edit]

According to the 2012 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 41,999.6 km2 (16,216 sq mi)[1] and had a population of 142,686 inhabitants, giving it a population density of 3.4/km2 (9/sq mi). It is the sixth largest province in the country. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 14.9% (18,610 persons).[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF) (in Spanish). National Statistics Institute. 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 

External links[edit]

Church in Machuca, El Loa Province