Concepción Province, Chile

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Concepción Province
Provincia de Concepción
Official seal of Concepción Province
Location in the Bío Bío Region
Location in the Bío Bío Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Concepción Province
Location in Chile
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Country Chile
Region Bío Bío
Capital Concepción
 • Type Provincial
 • Governor Eric Aedo Jeldres
 • Total 3,439.0 km2 (1,327.8 sq mi)
Population (2012 Census)[1]
 • Total 959,336
 • Density 280/km2 (720/sq mi)
 • Urban 879,854
 • Rural 33,035
 • Men 441,953
 • Women 470,936
Time zone CLT [2] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [3] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 + 41
Website Government of Concepción

Concepción Province (Spanish: Provincia de Concepción) is one of four provinces of the Chilean region of Bío Bío (VIII). Its capital, Concepción, is part of the Greater Concepción conurbation, the nation's second largest metropolitan area after Santiago.


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


The province comprises twelve communes, each governed by a municipality consisting of an elected alcalde and municipal council.

Geography and demography

According to the 2002 census by the National Statistics Institute (INE), the province spans an area of 3,439.3 km2 (1,328 sq mi)[1] and had a population of 912,889 inhabitants (441,953 men and 470,936 women), giving it a population density of 265.4/km2 (687/sq mi). It is the second most populated province after the more than five times larger Santiago Province (pop. 4,668,473). Of these, 879,854 (96.4%) lived in urban areas and 33,035 (3.6%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 8.5% (71,444 persons).[1]


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