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Copiapó Province

Provincia de Copiapó
Official seal of Copiapó Province
Location in the Atacama Region
Copiapó, in red, in the Atacama Region
Copiapó Province is located in Chile
Copiapó Province
Copiapó Province
Location in Chile
Country  Chile
Region Atacama
Capital Copiapó
Comunas Copiapó, Caldera, Tierra Amarilla
 • Type Provincial
 • Total 32,538.5 km2 (12,563.2 sq mi)
 (2002 Census)
 • Total 155,713
 • Density 4.785500/km2 (12.39439/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (CLST)
Area code(s) 56 + 52
Website Official website

Copiapó Province (Spanish: Provincia de Copiapó) is one of three provinces of the northern Chilean region of Atacama (III). Its capital is the city of Copiapó.


The Copiapó province has an area of 32,538.5 km2 (12,563.2 sq mi), the largest province in the Atacama region.

Copiapó is bordered on the north by the Chañaral province, on the northeast by Argentina, on the east by the Tierra Amarilla commune, on the south by the Huasco province and on the west by the Pacific Ocean and the Caldera commune.

The main river of the province is the Copiapó river that is 162 km (100.7 mi) long. In the valley of the Copiapó river, fruits, including grapes, are grown.


As of 2002 (last national census), there were 155,713 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 4.8 inhabitants/km².

The largest city of the province is Copiapó, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 129,091 inhabitants.


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

Atacama Comunas
The Copiapó province, in the center
Copiapó province
Code Comuna Capital Area
03101 4 Copiapó Copiapó 16,681.3 129,091
03102 3 Caldera Caldera 4,666.6 13,734
03103 5 Tierra Amarilla Tierra Amarilla 11,190.6 12,888
Total of the Copiapó province 32,538.5 155,713


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