|City and Commune|
|Coordinates (city): Coordinates:|
|• Alcalde||Juan Carrasco Contreras (Ind.)|
|• Total||57.5 km2 (22.2 sq mi)|
|Population (2012 census)|
|Sex (2002 census)|
|Website||Municipality of Quilicura|
Quilicura (// KIL-i-KOOR-ə; Spanish pronunciation: [kiliˈkuɾa]) is a commune of Chile located in capital Santiago. Founded in 1901, it is a satellite city on what was originally the outskirts of the city of Santiago, but as urban sprawl has set in it is now quickly urbanizing from what was recently prime agricultural land.
Quilicura is home to many industries and its residents are mostly low-income families, though recent urbanizations have attracted middle class groups.
The origin of the name Quilicura is from the Mapuche language Mapudungun and comes from the words kila meaning three and kura meaning stone. The "Three Stones" are three hills which separate the area and formed the border with Renca.
Quilicura is located in Santiago Province, Santiago Metropolitan Region, at the northwestern edge of Chile's capital Santiago. It borders Renca to the south (naturally separated by Renca Hill), Pudahuel to the west, Huechuraba and Conchalí to the east, and Lampa and Colina to the north.
According to the 2002 census, Quilicura spans an area of 57.5 km2 (22 sq mi) and has 126,518 inhabitants (62,421 men and 64,097 women). Of these, 125,999 (99.6%) lived in urban areas and 519 (0.4%) in rural areas. The population grew by 207.7% (85,397 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses. According to the 2012 census preliminary data Quilicura is now home to 203,946 residents.
The ethnic breakdown of the population was 96% white and mestizo (121,815), 3.4% Mapuche (4,346), >1% Aimara (47), >1% Atacameño (40), >1% Quechua (29), >1% Rapanui (25), >1% Alacalufe (10), >1% Yámana (10), >1% Colla (4), as of the 2002 census.
Quilicura is located about 12 km from Santiago's international airport and is served by the Américo Vespucio Norte Highway as well as the Pan-American Highway. Transantiago public buses connect Quilicura to the centre of Santiago these run frequently in each direction. A subway line connecting the commune with the rest of Santiago's subway network is expected to be completed by 2017-2018. The current metro station that is closest to Quilicura is Vespucio Norte which is on the Yellow line, it can be reached via the 425 bus from Quilicura.
As a commune, Quilicura is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by a mayor who is directly-elected every four years. The 2012-2016 mayor is Juan Carrasco Contreras (Ind.). The communal council has the following members:
- Mario Alvear Gilberto (RN)
- María Indo Romo (PDC)
- Claudia Donoso Plaza (UDI)
- Jorge Godoy Soto (PRO)
- Víctor Arias González (PC)
- Jaime Aceitón Vásquez (PRO)
- Dino Belmar Dinamarca (PPD)
- Alvaro Guajardo Figueroa (PDC)
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Quilicura is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Patricio Melero (UDI) and Gabriel Silber (PDC) as part of the 16th electoral district, (together with Colina, Lampa, Tiltil and Pudahuel). The commune is represented in the Senate by Guido Girardi (PPD) and Jovino Novoa (UDI) as part of the 7th senatorial constituency (Santiago-West).
- "Resultados Preliminares Censo de Población y Vivienda 2012" (PDF) (in Spanish). Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas. 31 August 2012. Note: Data are preliminary.
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- Sistema de Información Regional, 1.4,1: Población Total, por sexo y grupos étnicos declarados (Censo 2002), Quilicura, access date March 8, 2009[dead link]