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Hualpén (Spanish pronunciation: [walˈpen]) is a Chilean city and commune belonging to Concepción Province and the Biobío Region. It is part of the conurbation of Greater Concepción. The commune spans an area of 53.5 km2 (21 sq mi).[3]

Hualpén
Panorama view of Hualpén, the Amarillo Hill (foreground), ENAP oil refinery, and the Teta Biobío Norte Hill in background.
Panorama view of Hualpén, the Amarillo Hill (foreground), ENAP oil refinery, and the Teta Biobío Norte Hill in background.
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of Hualpén commune in the Biobío Region
Location of Hualpén commune in the Biobío Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Hualpén
Location in Chile
Coordinates (alcalde's office): 36°47′18″S 73°05′12″W / 36.78833°S 73.08667°W / -36.78833; -73.08667Coordinates: 36°47′18″S 73°05′12″W / 36.78833°S 73.08667°W / -36.78833; -73.08667
CountryChile
RegionBiobío
ProvinceConcepción
Established15 March 2004
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • AlcaldeKatherine Torres Machuca (IND supported by PPD)
Area
 • Total53.5 km2 (20.7 sq mi)
Elevation
21 m (69 ft)
Population
 (2012 Census)[3]
 • Total91,773
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,400/sq mi)
 • Urban
85,928
 • Rural
794
Demonym(s)(hualpenino,-a) Hualpén's, Hualpennian, Walpennian
Time zoneUTC−4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−3 (CLST)
Postal code
4601645
Area code(s)56 + 41
Websitewww.hualpenciudad.cl (in Spanish)

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DemographicsEdit

According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Hualpén had 86,722 inhabitants. Of these, 85,928 (99.1%) lived in urban areas and 794 (0.9%) in rural areas. The population fell by 5.7% (5,239 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.[3]

AdministrationEdit

As a commune, Hualpén is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde ("alcalde" in Spanish; alcalde and major, in English) who is directly elected every four years. The current major is Katherine Torres Machuca.

Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Hualpén is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Jorge Ulloa (UDI) and Cristián Campos (PDC) as part of the 43rd electoral district, (together with Talcahuano). 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).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Asociación Chilena de Municipalidades" (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Municipality of Hualpén" (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 March 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2010.

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