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Iquique Province

Provincia de Iquique
Overview of the city of Iquique
Overview of the city of Iquique
Official seal of Iquique Province
Seal
Location in Tarapacá Region
Location in Tarapacá Region
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Coordinates: 20°12′50″S 70°9′9″W / 20.21389°S 70.15250°W / -20.21389; -70.15250Coordinates: 20°12′50″S 70°9′9″W / 20.21389°S 70.15250°W / -20.21389; -70.15250
Country  Chile
Region Tarapacá
Capital Iquique
Comunas Iquique
Alto Hospicio
Government
 • Type Provincial
Area
 • Total 2,835.3 km2 (1,094.7 sq mi)
Population
 (2002 Census)
 • Total 216,419
 • Density 76.3302/km2 (197.694/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-3 (CLST)
Area code(s) 56 + 57
Website Official website

The Iquique Province (Spanish: Provincia de Iquique) is one of two provinces in the northern Chilean region of Tarapacá (I). Its capital is the port city of Iquique.

Geography

The Iquique province is on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The province has an area of 2,835.3 km2 (1,094.7 sq mi).

Iquique is bordered on the north and east by the Tamarugal province, on the south by the Antofagasta region and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

Population

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 216,419 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 76.3 inhabitants/km².

The largest city of the province is Iquique, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 166,204 inhabitants.

Administration

As a province, Iquique is a second-level administrative division, consisting of two communes (comunas): Alto Hospicio in the northeastern portion and Iquique in the rest of the province. The coastal city of Iquique serves as the provincial capital. The province is administered by a governor.

Tarapacá Comunas Nuevo
The Iquique province, in yellow
Iquique province (011)
Code Comuna Capital Area
(km²)
Population
(2002)
01101 Iquique 2 Iquique 2,242.1 166,204
01102 Alto Hospicio 1 Alto Hospicio 593.2 50,215
Total of Iquique province 2,835.3 216,419
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