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Tamarugal
Provincia de Tamarugal
Province
Official seal of Tamarugal
Seal
Location in Tarapacá Region
Tamarugal, in red, in the Tarapacá Region
Location in Chile
Country  Chile
Region Tarapacá
Area
 • Total 39,390.5 km2 (15,208.8 sq mi)
Population (2002 Census)
 • Total 22,531
 • Density 0.571991/km2 (1.48145/sq mi)
Time zone CLT (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 57
Website Official website

Tamarugal (Spanish: Provincia de Tamarugal) is one of two provinces in the northern Chilean region of Tarapacá (I). The capital is the city of Pozo Almonte.

Tamarugal means "a place where there are many tamarugos"; tamarugo (Prosopis tamarugo) is a tree endemic to the arid lands of northern Chile.

Geography

The Tamarugal province has an area of 39,390.5 km2 (15,208.8 sq mi).

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

Population

As of 2002 (last national census), there were 22,531 people living in the province, giving it a population density of 0.6 inhabitants/km².

The largest city of the province is Pozo Almonte, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 6,384 inhabitants.

Administration

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

Tarapacá Comunas Nuevo
The Tamarugal province, in brown
Tamarugal province (014)
Code Comuna Capital Area
(km²)
Population
(2002)
01401 Pozo Almonte 7 Pozo Almonte 13,765.8 10,830
01402 Camiña 3 Camiña 2,200.2 1,275
01403 Colchane 4 Colchane 4,015.6 1,649
01404 Huara 5 Huara 10,474.6 2,599
01405 Pica 6 Pica 8,934.3 6,178
Total of Tamarugal province 39,390.5 22,531

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