Chañaral Province

Chañaral Province (Spanish: Provincia de Chañaral) is one of three provinces in the northern Chilean region of Atacama (III). Its capital is the small coastal town of Chañaral.

Chañaral Province
Provincia de Chañaral
Official seal of Chañaral Province

Location in the Atacama Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Chañaral Province
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 26°17′S 69°52′W / 26.283°S 69.867°W / -26.283; -69.867Coordinates: 26°17′S 69°52′W / 26.283°S 69.867°W / -26.283; -69.867
Country Chile
Region Atacama
Diego de Almagro
 • TypeProvincial
 • Presidential Provincial DelegateJorge Fernández Herrera (Communist Party)
 • Total24,436.2 km2 (9,434.9 sq mi)
 (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total28,874
 • Density1.2/km2 (3.1/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
 • Men16,999
 • Women15,133
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT[3])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST[4])
Area code(s)56 + 52
WebsiteDelegation of Chañaral

Geography and demographyEdit

According to the 2012 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 24,436.2 km2 (9,435 sq mi)[2] and had a population of 28,874 inhabitants, giving it a population density of 1.3/km2 (3/sq mi). Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population fell by 22.5% (9,319 persons).[2]


As a province, Chañaral is a second-level administrative division of Chile, which is further divided into two communes (comunas): Chañaral and Diego de Almagro. The province is administered by a presidentially appointed provincial delegate. Jorge Fernández Herrera was appointed by president Gabriel Boric.[1]


  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 14 November 2010. Retrieved 18 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.