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Cautín Province

Provincia de Cautín
Coastal area of Carahue
Coastal area of Carahue
Official seal of Cautín Province
Seal
Country  Chile
Region Araucanía
Capital Temuco
Comunas See list
Government
 • Type Provincial
Area
 • Total 18,409 km2 (7,108 sq mi)
Population
 (2002 Census)
 • Total 667,920
 • Density 36.2823/km2 (93.971/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (CLST)
Website Official website

The Cautín Province (Spanish: Provincia de Cautín) is one of two provinces of the Chilean region of Araucanía (IX). The provincial capital is the city of Temuco.

Geography

The Cautín province is in the southern half of the Araucanía region with an area of 18,409 sq mi (47,680 km2). The capital, Temuco, is in the central part of the province.

Cautín is bordered to the north by the Arauco and Malleco provinces, to the east by Argentina, to the south by the Los Ríos region and to the west by the Pacific Ocean.

Climate

The climate in Temuco is a Mediterranean climate (Marine West Coast Climate), Cfb in the Köppen climate classification.

The average amount of precipitation for the year in Temuco is 1,196.3 mm (47.1 in). The month with the most precipitation on average is June with 180.3 mm (7.1 in) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is January with an average of 40.6 mm (1.6 in).

The average temperature for the year in Temuco is 12.2 °C (54.0 °F). The warmest month, on average, is January with an average temperature of 16.7 °C (62.1 °F). The coolest month on average is July, with an average temperature of 7.8 °C (46.0 °F).

Population

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 667,920 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 36.3 inhabitants/km². The urban population was 449,147 persons (67% of the total population).

The largest city of the province, in 2002, is its capital, Temuco, with 227,086 inhabitants. Other cities are Padre Las Casas (33,697 inhabitants) and Villarrica (27,408 inhabitants).

Administration

As a province, Cautín is a second-level administrative division, consisting of 21 communes (comunas). The city of Temuco serves as the provincial capital. The province is administered by a governor.

Araucanía Comunas
Cautín province
Code Comuna Capital Area
(km²)
Population
(2002)
Density
09101 17 Temuco Temuco 464.0 245,347 528.8
09102 1 Carahue Carahue 1,340.6 25,696 19.2
09103 3 Cunco Cunco 1,906.5 18,703 9.8
09104 4 Curarrehue Curarrehue 1,170.7 6,784 5.8
09105 5 Freire Freire 935.2 25.514 27.3
09106 6 Galvarino Galvarino 568.2 12,596 22.2
09107 7 Gorbea Gorbea 694.5 15,222 21.9
09108 8 Lautaro Lautaro 901.1 32,218 21.9
09109 9 Loncoche Loncoche 976.8 23,037 23.6
09110 10 Melipeuco Melipeuco 1,107.3 5,628 5.1
09111 11 Nueva Imperial Nueva Imperial 732.5 29,994 40.9
09112 12 Padre Las Casas Padre Las Casas 400.7 58,795 146.7
09113 13 Perquenco Perquenco 330.7 6,450 19.5
09114 14 Pitrufquén Pitrufquén 580.7 21,988 37.9
09115 15 Pucón Pucón 1,248.5 21,107 16.9
09116 16 Saavedra Saavedra 400.8 14,034 35.0
09117 18 Teodoro Schmidt Teodoro Schmidt 649.9 15,504 23.9
09118 19 Toltén Nueva Toltén 860.4 11,216 13.0
09119 20 Vilcún Vilcún 1,420.9 22,491 15.8
09120 21 Villarrica Villarrica 1,291.1 45,531 35.3
09121 2 Cholchol Cholchol 427.9 10,065 23.5
Total of Cautín province 18,409.0 667,920 36.3

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