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Choapa Province

Provincia de Choapa
Official seal of Choapa Province
Seal
Country  Chile
Region Coquimbo
Capital Illapel
Comunas Illapel, Salamanca, Los Vilos, Canela
Government
 • Type Provincial
Area
 • Total 10,131.6 km2 (3,911.8 sq mi)
Population
 (2002 Census)
 • Total 81,681
 • Density 8.06200/km2 (20.88049/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (CLST)
Area code(s) 56 + 53
Website Official website

Choapa Province (Spanish: Provincia de Choapa) is one of three provinces of the Chilean region of Coquimbo Region (IV). Its capital is the city of Illapel

Geography

The Choapa province has an area of 10,131.6 km2 (3,911.8 sq mi), the smallest province in the Coquimbo region.

Choapa is bordered on the north by the Limarí province, on the east by Argentina, on the south by the Valparaíso region and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

Population

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 81,681 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 8.1 inhabitants/km².

The largest city of the province is Illapel, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 30,355 inhabitants.

Administration

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

Coquimbo Comunas
The Choapa province, in the bottom
Choapa province
Code Comuna Capital Area
(km²)
Population
(2002)
04201 2 Illapel Illapel 2,629.1 30,355
04202 1 Canela Canela 2,196.6 4,379
04203 3 Los Vilos Los Vilos 1,860.6 17,453
04204 4 Salamanca Salamanca 3,445.3 24,494
Total of the Choapa province 10,131.6 81,681
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