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Huasco Province
Provincia de Huasco
Province
Official seal of Huasco Province
Seal
Location in the Atacama Region
Copiapó, in red, in the Atacama Region
Location in Chile
Country  Chile
Region Atacama
Area
 • Total 18,201.5 km2 (7,027.6 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)
 • Total 66,491
 • Density 3.65305/km2 (9.46136/sq mi)
Time zone CLT (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 51
Website Official website

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

Geography

The Huasco province has an area of 18,201.5 km2 (7,027.6 sq mi), the smallest province in the Atacama region.

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

The main river of the province is the Huasco river that is 88 km (54.7 mi) long. In the valley of the river, fruits, including grapes, are grown.

Population

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 6,649 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 3.7 inhabitants/km².

The largest city of the province is Vallenar, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 48,040 inhabitants in the commune.

Administration

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

Atacama Comunas
The Huasco province, in the bottom
Huasco province
Code Comuna Capital Area
(km²)
Population
(2002)
03301 9 Vallenar Vallenar 7,083.7 48,040
03302 6 Alto del Carmen Alto del Carmen 5,938.7 4,840
03303 7 Freirina Freirina 3,577.7 5,666
03202 8 Huasco Huasco 1,601.4 7,945
Total of the Huasco province 18,201.5 66,491

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