Iquique Province

Iquique Province (Spanish: Provincia de Iquique) is one of two provinces in the northern Chilean region of Tarapacá. Its capital is the port city of Iquique.

Provincia de Iquique
Flag of Iquique
Official seal of Iquique
Location in the Tarapacá Region
Location in the Tarapacá Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 20°12′50″S 70°9′9″W / 20.21389°S 70.15250°W / -20.21389; -70.15250Coordinates: 20°12′50″S 70°9′9″W / 20.21389°S 70.15250°W / -20.21389; -70.15250
Country Chile
Region Tarapacá
Alto Hospicio
 • Presidential Provincial DelegateNone
 • Total2,835.3 km2 (1,094.7 sq mi)
 • Rank2
 (2012 census)[2]
 • Total275,042
 • Rank1
 • Density97/km2 (250/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Rural
 • Men108,897
 • Women107,522
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT[3])
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST[4])
Area code56 + 57


Until October 2007, the Province of Iquique was composed of 7 communes: Alto Hospicio, Camina, Colchane, Huara, Iquique, Pica and Pozo Almonte, but since then, with the creation of the Region of Arica and Parinacota, much of the province, specifically the municipalities of Huara, Camina, Colchane, Pozo Almonte and Pica, was transferred administratively to Tamarugal Province, leaving Iquique Province consists of two communes.[citation needed]

Geography and demographyEdit

According to the 2012 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 2,835.3 km2 (1,095 sq mi) and had a population of 275,042 inhabitants, giving it a population density of 76.3/km2 (198/sq mi). Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 30.8% (50,959 persons).[2]


As a province, Iquique is a second-level administrative division of Chile, which is further divided into two communes (comunas): the capital Iquique and its suburb Alto Hospicio. The province is administered by the presidentially appointed regional delegate.[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 "Territorial division of Chile" (PDF) (in Spanish). National Statistics Institute. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Chile Time". Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Chile Summer Time". Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2010.