Petorca Province

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Petorca Province
Provincia de Petorca
Official seal of Petorca Province
Location in the Valparaíso Region
Location in the Valparaíso Region
Petorca Province is located in Chile
Petorca Province
Petorca Province
Location in Chile
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Country  Chile
Region File:Flag of Valparaiso Region, Chile.svg Valparaíso
Capital La Ligua
 • Type Provincial
 • Governor Julio Trigo Araya (PS)
 • Total 4,588.9 km2 (1,771.8 sq mi)
Area rank 1
Population (2012 Census)[1]
 • Total 72,286
 • Rank 7
 • Density 16/km2 (41/sq mi)
 • Urban 50,289
 • Rural 20,321
 • Men 35,647
 • Women 34,963
Time zone CLT [2] (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) CLST [3] (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 56 +
Website Governorate of Petorca

Petorca Province (Spanish: Provincia de Petorca) is one of eight provinces of the central Chilean region of Valparaíso (V). Its capital is the city of La Ligua.


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


The province comprises five communes (Spanish: comunas), each governed by a municipality consisting of an alcalde and municipal council:

Geography and demography

The province spans an area of 4,588.9 km2 (1,772 sq mi), the largest in the Valparaíso Region. According to the 2002 census, Petorca is the second least populous province in the region under Isla de Pascua (Easter Island) with a population of 70,610. At that time, there were 50,289 people living in urban areas, 20,321 people living in rural areas, 35,647 men and 34,963 women.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 (Spanish) Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas
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  3. "Chile Summer Time". Retrieved 2010-07-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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