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Chañaral Province
Provincia de Chañaral
Province
Official seal of Chañaral Province
Seal
Location in the Atacama Region
Chañaral, in red, in the Atacama Region
Location in Chile
Country  Chile
Region Atacama
Area
 • Total 24,436.2 km2 (9,434.9 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)
 • Total 32,132
 • Density 1.314934/km2 (3.40566/sq mi)
Time zone CLT (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 52
Website Official website

The Chañaral Province (Spanish: Provincia de Chañaral) is one of three provinces in the northern Chilean region of Atacama (III). The capital is the small coastal town of Chañaral.

Geography

The Chañaral province has an area of 24,436.2 km2 (9,434.9 sq mi).

Chañaral is bordered on the north by the Antofagasta region, on the east by Argentina, on the south by the Copiapó province and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

About 30 km (19 mi) north of the town of Chañaral is the Pan de Azúcar National Park.

Population

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 32,132 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 1.3 inhabitants/km².

The largest city of the province is Chañaral, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 6,384 inhabitants.

Administration

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

Atacama Comunas
The Chañaral province, in top
Chañaral province
Code Comuna Capital Area
(km²)
Population
(2002)
03201 1 Chañaral Chañaral 5,772.4 13,543
03202 2 Diego de Almagro Diego de Almagro 18,663.8 18,589
Total of the Chañaral province 24,436.2 32,132

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