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Linares
Provincia de Linares
Province of Chile
Linares cathedral
Linares cathedral
Official seal of Linares
Seal
Location in the Maule Region
Linares, in red, in the Maule Region
Location in Chile
Country  Chile
Region Maule
Area
 • Total 10,050.2 km2 (3,880.4 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)
 • Total 542,901
 • Density 54.0189/km2 (139.9084/sq mi)
Time zone CLT (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC-3)
Website Official website

Linares (Spanish: Provincia de Linares) is one of four provinces of the central Chilean region of Maule (VII). The provincial capital and largest city is Linares.

History

In 1873, the province of Linares was created from the old province of Maule; it had three departments: Linares, Parral and Loncomilla.

In 1927, Linares is eliminated as a province and became part of the new province of Maule but, in 1936, Linares was made again a province. When the regions were created in 1975, the Maule region was formed with the Curicó, Linares, Maule and Talca; later, the province of Cauquenes was added.

Geography

Linares is a landlocked province (it does not border the ocean) with an area of 10,050.2 sq mi (26,030 km2), the largest province in the Maule region.

The province is at the very center of mainland Chile, and its capital is at 303 km (188 mi) south of Santiago and 50 km (31 mi) south of Talca, the regional capital, in the middle of a rich agricultural area and with many vineyards.

Linares is a landlocked province (it does not border the ocean) and is bordered to the north by the Talca province, to the east by Argentina, to the south by the Ñuble province (Bío Bío region) and to the west by the Cauquenes province.

Population

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 253,990 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 25.3 inhabitants/km². The urban population was 139,742 persons (55% of the total).

The largest city of the province is Linares, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 65,133 inhabitants, followed by the cities of Parral (26,397 inhabitants) and San Javier (20,524 inhabitants).

Administration

As a province, Linares is a second-level administrative division, consisting of 8 communes (comunas). The city of Linares serves as the provincial capital. The province is administered by a governor.

Maule Comunas
Linares province
Code Comuna Capital Area
(km²)
Population
(2002)
Density
07401 14 Linares Linares 1,465.7 83,249 56.8
07402 13 Colbún Colbún 2,899.9 17,619 6.1
07403 15 Longaví Longaví 1,453.8 28,161 19.4
07404 16 Parral Parral 1,638.4 37,822 23.1
07405 17 Retiro Retiro 827.1 18,487 22.4
07406 18 San Javier San Javier 1,313.4 37,793 28.8
07407 19 Villa Alegre Villa Alegre 189.8 14,725 77.6
07408 20 Yerbas Buenas Yerbas Buenas 262.1 16,134 61.6
Total of the Linares province 10,050.2 253,990 25.3

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