Copiapó Province

Copiapó Province
Provincia de Copiapó

Location in the Atacama Region
Location in the Atacama Region
Location in Chile
Copiapó Province

Location in Chile

Coordinates: 27°27′S 70°00′W / 27.450°S 70.000°W / -27.450; -70.000Coordinates: 27°27′S 70°00′W / 27.450°S 70.000°W / -27.450; -70.000
Country  Chile
Region  Atacama
Capital Copiapó
Communes Copiapó
Tierra Amarilla
  Type Provincial
  Governor Nicolás Noman Garrido
  Total 32,538.5 km2 (12,563.2 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census)[2]
  Total 183,973
  Density 5.7/km2 (15/sq mi)
  Urban 148,101
  Rural 7,612
  Men 79,436
  Women 76,277
Time zone CLT [3] (UTC-4)
  Summer (DST) CLST [4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 52

Copiapó Province (Spanish: Provincia de Copiapó) is one of three provinces of the northern Chilean region of Atacama (III). Its capital is the city of Copiapó.

Geography and demography

According to the 2012 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 32,538.5 km2 (12,563 sq mi)[2] and had a population of 183,973 inhabitants, giving it a population density of 4.8/km2 (12/sq mi). It is the tenth largest province in the country. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 24.9% (31,021 persons).[2]


As a province, Copiapó is a second-level administrative division of Chile, which is further divided into three communes (comunas). The province is administered by a presidentially appointed governor. Nicolás Noman Garrido was appointed by president Sebastián Piñera.[1]


  1. Copiapó
  2. Caldera
  3. Tierra Amarilla


  1. 1 2 "Gobierno de Chile: Gobernadores". Government of Chile (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF) (in Spanish). National Statistics Institute. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 November 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
  3. "Chile Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  4. "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
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