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Libertador General
Bernardo O'Higgins Region (VI Región del Libertador
General Bernardo O'Higgins
)
Region of Chile
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Monument to O'Higgins in Rancagua
Flag of O'Higgins Region, Chile.svg
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Coat of arms of O'Higgins Region, Chile.svg
Symbol
Country  Chile
Provinces Cachapoal, Colchagua, Cardenal Caro
Largest city Rancagua
Capital Rancagua
 - coordinates 34°10′02″S 70°43′37″W / 34.16722°S 70.72694°W / -34.16722; -70.72694
Lowest point Sea level
 - elevation m (0 ft)
Area 16,387.0 km² (6,327 sq mi)
Population 918,751 (2015)
Density 56 /km² (145 /sq mi)
Intendant Pabo Manuel Silva Amaya
ISO 3166-2 CL-LI
O'Higgins, in red, in Chile
O'Higgins, in red, in Chile
Website: Official website (Spanish)

The VI Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region (Spanish: VI Región del Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins), often shortened to O'Higgins Region, is one of Chile's 15 first order administrative divisions. It is named in honour of Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme, one of Chile's founder.

The capital and largest city of the region is Rancagua. The second major city is San Fernando.

History

In 1880, the old "O'Higgins Province" was created with the territory of the present Cachapoal Province. In 1974, with the creation of the Regions of Chile, it became, together with the Colchagua Province, the new Region VI, known since then as Libertador General Bernardo O'Higgins Region.

Geography

The O'Higgins Region is bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean, to the east by Argentina, to the north by the Valparaíso and Santiago Metropolitan Regions, and to the south by the Maule Region.

The main rivers are the Cachapoal and Tinguiririca.

Population

As of 2015, there were (estimated) 918,751 persons living in the region, for a population density of 56.1 inhabitants/km².

The largest city in the region is its capital, Rancagua, with 206,971 inhabitants (2002 census). Other cities are San Fernando (49,519) and Rengo (30,891).

Administration

The O’Higgins region is divided in three provinces: Cachapoal, Cardenal Caro and Colchagua.

O'Higgins Comunas
O’Higgins Region - Provinces and comunas
Provinces Capital Code Comunas Area
(km²)
Population
(2002)
Density
Cachapoal
(061)
Rancagua 06101 14 Rancagua 260.3 214,344 823.4
06102 1 Codegua 286.9 10,796 37.6
06103 2 Coínco 98.2 6,385 65.0
06104 3 Coltauco 224.7 16,228 72.2
06105 4 Doñihue 78.2 16,916 216.3
06106 5 Graneros 112.7 25,961 230.4
06107 6 Las Cabras 749.2 20,242 27.0
06108 7 Machalí 2,586.0 28,628 11.1
06109 8 Malloa 112.6 12,872 114.3
06110 9 Mostazal 523.9 21,866 41.7
06111 10 Olivar 44.6 12,335 276.6
06112 11 Peumo 153.1 13,948 91.1
06113 12 Pichidegua 320.0 17,756 55.5
06114 13 Quinta de Tilcoco 93.2 11,380 122.1
06115 15 Rengo 591.5 50,830 485.1
06116 16 Requínoa 673.3 22,161 32.9
06117 17 San Vicente 475.8 40,253 84.6
Total of the Cachapoal province 7,384.2 542,901 73.5
Cardenal Caro
(062)
Pichilemu 06201 23 Pichilemu 749.1 12,392 16.5
06202 18 La Estrella 435.0 4,221 9.7
06203 19 Litueche 618.8 5,526 8.9
06204 20 Marchihue 659.9 6,904 10.5
06205 21 Navidad 300.4 5,422 18.0
06206 22 Paredones 561.6 6,695 11.9
Total of the Cardenal Caro province 3,324.8 41,160 12.4
Colchagua
(054)
San Fernando 06301 32 San Fernando 2,441.3 63,732 26.1
06302 24 Chépica 503.4 13,857 27.5
06303 25 Chimbarongo 497.9 32,316 64.9
06304 26 Lolol 596.9 6,191 10.4
06305 27 Nancagua 111.3 15,634 140.5
06306 28 Palmilla 237.3 11,200 47.2
06307 29 Peralillo 282.6 9,729 34.4
06308 30 Placilla 146.9 8,078 55.0
06309 31 Pumanque 440.9 3,442 7.8
06310 33 Santa Cruz 419.5 32,387 77.2
Total of the Colchagua province 5,678.0 196,566 34.6
Total of the region 16,387.0 780,627 47.6

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