Ilo Province


Coat of arms

Location of Ilo in the Moquegua Region
Country Peru
Region Moquegua
Founded May 26, 1970
Capital Ilo
  Mayor Jorge Alfredo Mendoza Perez (2007)
  Total 1,380.68 km2 (533.08 sq mi)
Elevation 15 m (49 ft)
  Total 63,037
  Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)

The Ilo Province is one of three provinces that make up the Moquegua Region in Peru. The province is the largest mining center in all of the southern Peru area.[1][2]


The province borders the Mariscal Nieto Province to the north, the Jorge Basadre Province to the east and southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the south and west, and the Islay Province to the northwest.

It extends north-south through the region's coastal area, forming a bay.



According to the 1993 Census, the Ilo Province has a population of 51,481 inhabitants, 52.4% of which (26,964) are male and 47.6% (24,517) are female.

As of 2005, the Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informática estimates the province's population to be 68,363.


Spanish is spoken at home by 82% of the population; while others speak Aymara (10.6%), Quechua (6.1%), other indigenous languages (0.1%) and foreign languages (0.3%).


Persons originating from other regions of the country make up 51.6% of the population and 0.3% of residents were born abroad.

The largest immigrant groups come from the Puno Region (17.4% of the total population) and the Arequipa Region (15.3%).


The population is spread out with

Map of the province showing its districts

Political division

The Ilo Province is divided into three districts (Spanish: distritos, singular: distrito), each of which is headed by a mayor (alcalde). The districts, with their capitals in parenthesis, are:


  1. (Spanish) INEI
  2. (Spanish) IPAM

Coordinates: 17°38′S 71°20′W / 17.633°S 71.333°W / -17.633; -71.333

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