Chiloé Province

Chiloé Province (Spanish: Provincia de Chiloé) is one of the four provinces in the southern Chilean region of Los Lagos (X). It consists of all of Chiloé Archipelago (including Chiloé Island) with the exception of the Desertores Islands. The province spans a surface area of 9,181.6 km2 (3,545 sq mi).[1] Its capital is Castro, and the seat of the Roman Catholic bishopric is Ancud.

Chiloé Province

Provincia de Chiloé
Official seal of Chiloé Province
Location in the Los Lagos Region
Location in the Los Lagos Region
Coordinates: 42°30′S 74°00′W / 42.500°S 74.000°W / -42.500; -74.000
CountryFlag of Chile.svg Chile
RegionFlag of Los Lagos Region, Chile.svg Los Lagos
CapitalCastro Escudo de Castro (Chile).svg
 • TypeProvincial
 • GovernorFernando Bórquez (RN)
 • Total7,165.5 km2 (2,766.6 sq mi)
 (2012 Census)[1]
 • Total161,654
 • Density23/km2 (58/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
 • Men71,386
 • Women70,808
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT[2])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST[3])
Area code(s)+56-65


As a province, Chiloé is a second-level administrative division of Chile, governed by a provincial governor who is appointed by the president.


Communes of Los Lagos Region. Provinces are shown in colours.

The province is composed of ten communes, each governed by a municipality consisting of an alcalde and municipal council.

Commune Seal Population (2017)
Ancud 38 991
Castro 43 807
Chonchi 14 858
Curaco de Vélez 3 829
Dalcahue 13 762
Puqueldón 3 921
Queilén 5 385
Quellón 27 192
Quemchi 8 352
Quinchao 8 088

Geography and demographyEdit

According to the 2002 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 7,165.5 km2 (2,767 sq mi) and had a population of 142,194 inhabitants (71,386 men and 70,808 women), giving it a population density of 19.8/km2 (51/sq mi). Of these, 82,058 (57.7%) lived in urban areas and 60,136 (42.3%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 9.1% (11,805 persons).[1]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Chile Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  3. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28.