El Ranco Province

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El Ranco Province
Provincia del Ranco
Official seal of El Ranco Province
Location in the Los Ríos Region
Location in the Los Ríos Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
El Ranco Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 40°20′S 72°30′W / 40.333°S 72.500°W / -40.333; -72.500Coordinates: 40°20′S 72°30′W / 40.333°S 72.500°W / -40.333; -72.500
Country Chile
Region Los Ríos
Capital La Unión
 • Type Provincial
 • Governor Eduardo Hölck Kusch (UDI)
 • Total 8,232.3 km2 (3,178.5 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census)[1]
 • Total 91,656
 • Density 11/km2 (29/sq mi)
 • Urban 51,273
 • Rural 45,880
 • Men 49,485
 • Women 47,668
Time zone CLT[2] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST[3] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 63
Website Government of El Ranco

El Ranco Province[4] (Spanish: Provincia del Ranco) is one of two provinces of the southern Chilean region of Los Ríos (XIV). It is named after Ranco Lake shared by the communes (comunas) of Futrono and Lago Ranco. The lake is drained by the Bueno River, on which basin lies most of the province. La Unión is the provincial capital.


As a second-level administrative division, the province comprises four communes, each with its own governing municipality. Eduardo Hölck Kusch is the provincial governor.


Geography and demography[edit]

According to the 2002 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 8,232.3 km2 (3,179 sq mi)[1] and had a population of 97,153 inhabitants (49,485 men and 47,668 women), giving it a population density of 11.8/km2 (31/sq mi). Of these, 51,273 (52.8%) lived in urban areas and 45,880 (47.2%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 1% (924 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 28 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  4. ^ law 20.294