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Province of Antofagasta
Provincia de Antofagasta
Province
Official seal of Province of Antofagasta
Seal
Location in Antofagasta Region
Antofagasta province, in red, in the Antofagasta Region
Location in Chile
Country  Chile
Region Antofagasta
Area
 • Total 67,813.5 km2 (26,182.9 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)
 • Total 318,779
 • Density 4.700819/km2 (12.175066/sq mi)
Time zone CLT (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 55
Website Official website

The Province of Antofagasta (Spanish: Provincia de Antofagasta) is one of three provinces in the northern Chilean region of Antofagasta (II). The capital is the port city of Antofagasta.

Geography

The Antofagasta province has an area of 67,813.5 km2 (26,182.9 sq mi).

The Antofagasta province is bordered on the north by the Tocopilla and El Loa provinces, on the east by Argentina, on the south by the Atacama region (Chañaral province) and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.

Population

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 318,779 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 4.7 inhabitants/km².

The largest city of the province is Antofagasta, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 285,255 inhabitants.

Administration

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

Antofagasta Comunas
The Antofagasta province (communes 1, 2, 3, 4)
Antofagasta province
Code Comuna Capital Area
(km²)
Population
(2002)
02101 1 Antofagasta Antofagasta 30,718.1 296,905
02102 2 Mejillones Mejillones 3,803.9 8,418
02103 3 Sierra Gorda Sierra Gorda 12,886.4 2,356
02104 4 Taltal Taltal 20,405.1 11,100
Total of the Antofagasta province 67,813.5 318,779

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