Huasco Province

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Huasco Province
Provincia de Huasco
Official seal of Huasco Province
Location in the Atacama Region
Location in the Atacama Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Huasco Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 28°32′S 70°22′W / 28.533°S 70.367°W / -28.533; -70.367Coordinates: 28°32′S 70°22′W / 28.533°S 70.367°W / -28.533; -70.367
Country  Chile
Region  Atacama
Capital Vallenar
 • Type Provincial
 • Governor Patricio Urquieta Garcia (RN)
 • Province 18,201.5 km2 (7,027.6 sq mi)
Area rank 3
Population (2012 census)[2]
 • Province 72,145
 • Rank 2
 • Density 4.0/km2 (10/sq mi)
 • Urban 53,664
 • Rural 12,827
 • Men 32,712
 • Women 33,779
Time zone CLT[3] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST[4] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 51

Huasco Province (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈwasko], Spanish: Provincia de Huasco) is one of three provinces of the northern Chilean region of Atacama (III). Vallenar is the capital city.

Geography and demography[edit]

According to the 2012 census by the National Statistics Institute, the province spans an area of 18,201.5 km2 (7,028 sq mi)[2] and had a population of 72,145, giving it a population density of 3.7/km2 (10/sq mi). The province had a 2002 population of 66,491 Of these, 53,664 (80.7%) lived in urban areas and 12,827 (19.3%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 2.7% (1,761 persons).[2]


As a province, Huasco is a second-level administrative division of Chile, which is further divided into four communes (comunas). The province is administered by a presidentially appointed governor. Patricio Urquieta Garcia was appointed by president Sebastián Piñera.[1]


  1. Vallenar
  2. Freirina
  3. Huasco
  4. Alto del Carmen


  1. ^ a b "Gobierno de Chile: Gobernadores". Government of Chile (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF) (in Spanish). National Statistics Institute. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 March 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Chile Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28.