Provincia de Melipilla
|• Governor||Paula Andrea Gárate Rojas|
|• Total||4,065.7 km2 (1,569.8 sq mi)|
|Population (2002 Census)|
|• Density||35/km2 (90/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CLT (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||CLST (UTC-3)|
|Area code||56 + 2|
As a province, Melipilla is a second-level administrative division of Chile, governed by a provincial governor who is appointed by the president. On March 18, 2010, Paula Andrea Gárate Rojas was appointed by governor by president Sebastián Piñera.
Geography and demography
The province spans an area of 4,065.7 square kilometres (1,570 sq mi), the second largest in the Santiago Metropolitan Region. According to the 2002 census, Melipilla was the fifth most populous province in the region with a total population of 141,165. At that time, there were 80,790 people living in urban areas, 60,375 living in rural areas, 71,595 men, and 69,570 women.