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Florida (Spanish pronunciation: [floˈɾiða]) is a Chilean town and commune located in the Concepción Province, Biobío Region.

Florida
Place of Florida
Place of Florida
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of Florida commune in the Biobío Region
Location of Florida commune in the Biobío Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Florida
Location in Chile
Coordinates (city): 36°49′S 72°40′W / 36.817°S 72.667°W / -36.817; -72.667Coordinates: 36°49′S 72°40′W / 36.817°S 72.667°W / -36.817; -72.667
CountryChile
RegionBiobío
ProvinceConcepción
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • AlcaldeJoey Meehan
Area
 • Total608.6 km2 (235.0 sq mi)
Elevation
259 m (850 ft)
Population
 (2012 Census)[2]
 • Total8,916
 • Density15/km2 (38/sq mi)
 • Urban
3,875
 • Rural
6,302
Sex
 • Men5231
 • Women4946
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT [3])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST [4])
Area code(s)56 + 41
WebsiteMunicipality of Florida

DemographicsEdit

According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Florida spans an area of 608.6 km2 (235 sq mi) and has 10,177 inhabitants (5,231 men and 4,946 women). Of these, 3,875 (38.1%) lived in urban areas and 6,302 (61.9%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population fell by 2.5% (260 persons).[2]

AdministrationEdit

As a commune, Florida is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a communal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Juan Vergara Reyes. The communal council has the following members:[1]

  • Aureliano Illanes (PRI)
  • Jorge Roa (PDC)
  • Juan Contreras (PS)
  • Agustin Montero (RN)
  • José Lizama (UDI)
  • Renán Arriagada (Ind.)

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Florida is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Sergio Bobadilla (UDI) and Clemira Pacheco (PS) as part of the 45th electoral district, (together with Tomé, Penco, Hualqui, Coronel and Santa Juana). The commune is represented in the Senate by Alejandro Navarro Brain (MAS) and Hosain Sabag Castillo (PDC) as part of the 12th senatorial constituency (Biobío-Cordillera).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Municipality of Florida" (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "National Statistics Institute" (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Chile Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". WorldTimeZones.org. Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2010-08-21.

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