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Diego de Almagro
City and Commune
Diego de Almagro town hall
Diego de Almagro town hall
Coat of arms of Diego de Almagro
Coat of arms
Map of Diego de Almagro commune in the Atacama Region
The Diego de Almagro commune in the Atacama Region
Location in Chile
Country  Chile
Region Atacama
Province Chañaral
Comuna since 19 August 1972
Area
 • Total 18,663.8 km2 (7,206.1 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)
 • Total 18,589
 • Density 0.995992/km2 (2.57961/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Dieguino
Time zone CLT (UTC−4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3)
Area code(s) 56 + 52
Climate BWn
Website Official website

Diego de Almagro is a small Chilean city and commune in the Chañaral Province, Atacama Region. The commune is named after Diego de Almagro, a Spanish conquistador.

Its inhabitants are called dieguinos (women: dieguinas).

History

The commune was created on 19 August 1972 with the name of Pueblo Hundido but its name was changed on 13 April 1977 to the present name of Diego de Almagro.

Geography

The commune of Diego de Almagro has an area of 18,663.8 km2 (7,206.1 sq mi). The city of Diego de Almagro is at 70 km (43 mi) from Chañaral (capital of the province and at 149 km (93 mi) from the city of Copiapó (capital of the Atacama region).

The commune 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 Chañaral commune.

Diego de Almagro has a very dry climate, a desert climate. The average amount of precipitation for the year, during 10 years, is only 7.3 mm (0.3 in).

Population

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 18,589 people living in the commune, giving it a population density of 1.0 inhabitants/km².

The largest town of the commune is Salvador, a mining town, with a population, in 2002, of 9,745 inhabitants. The town of Diego de Almagro has 8,192 inhabitants.

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