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Provincia de Arica
Official seal of Arica Province
Location in Arica y Parinacota Region
Location in Arica y Parinacota Region
Coordinates: 18°28′30″S 70°18′52″W / 18.47500°S 70.31444°W / -18.47500; -70.31444Coordinates: 18°28′30″S 70°18′52″W / 18.47500°S 70.31444°W / -18.47500; -70.31444
Country Chile
RegionArica and Parinacota
 • TypeProvincial
 • GovernorRicardo Sanzana Oteiza
 • Total8,726.4 km2 (3,369.3 sq mi)
 (2002 Census)[2]
 • Total186,488
 • Density21.37055/km2 (55.3495/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-3 (CLST)
WebsiteOfficial website

The Arica Province (Spanish: Provincia de Arica) is a province of Chile. It belongs to the Arica and Parinacota (XV), the northernmost and the newest of the Chilean regions. Its capital is the port city of Arica.


Arica province is on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. The province has an area of 8,726.4 km2 (3,369.3 sq mi).[2]

Arica is bordered on the north by the Tacna province of Peru, on the south by the Tamarugal province in the Tarapacá region, on the east by the Parinacota province and on the west by the Pacific Ocean.[2]


As of 2002 (last national census), there were 186,488 people (91,742 men and 93,526 women) living in the province, giving it a population density of 21.4 inhabitants/km².[2]

The largest city of the province is Arica, its capital, with a population, in 2002, of 175,441 inhabitants.


As a province, Arica is a second-level administrative division, consisting of two communes (comunas): Arica in the northern portion and Camarones in the south. The coastal city of Arica serves as the provincial capital. The province is administered by a governor.

Arica province (151)
Code Comuna Capital Area[2]
15101 Arica Arica 4,799.4 185,268
15102 Camarones Camarones 3,927.0 1,220
Total of the Arica province 8,726.4 186,488


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