Ovalle — City and Commune —
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Coordinates: Coordinates: Country Chile Region Coquimbo Province Limarí Government - Type Municipality - Alcalde Marta Lobos Inzunza Area - Total 3,834.5 km2 (1,480.5 sq mi) Population (2002 Census) - Total 98,089 - Density 25.6/km2 (66.3/sq mi) - Urban 73,790 - Rural 24,299 Sex - Men 47,805 - Women 50,284 Time zone CLT (UTC−4) - Summer (DST) CLST (UTC−3) Area code(s) 56 + 53 Website Municipality of Ovalle
Ovalle is a city in the Coquimbo Region of Chile, founded in 1831 as a settlement of more than 113,000 people. The name Ovalle was chosen to honor to Chile's vice-president José Tomás Ovalle. Ovalle is the capital of the Limarí Province.
The city's setting is often likened to an oasis, being lush and green although surrounded by barren hills.
There is a trail leading from the city that lasts roughly 50 minutes, and features relatively safe bathing and an area where dinosaur fossils can be found. On the trail is a life-sized model of a brachiosaurus.
The area's climate is notably hot.
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Ovalle spans an area of 3,834.5 km2 (1,481 sq mi) and has 98,089 inhabitants (47,805 men and 50,284 women). Of these, 73,790 (75.2%) lived in urban areas and 24,299 (24.8%) in rural areas. The population grew by 15.4% (13,107 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses.
As a commune, Ovalle is a third-level administrative division of Chile administered by a municipal council, headed by an alcalde who is directly elected every four years. The 2008-2012 alcalde is Marta Lobos Inzunza.
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Ovalle is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Pedro Velásquez (Ind.) and Matías Walker (PDC) as part of the 8th electoral district, (together with Coquimbo and Río Hurtado). The commune is represented in the Senate by Evelyn Matthei Fornet (UDI) and Jorge Pizarro Soto (PDC) as part of the 4th senatorial constituency (Coquimbo Region).
- ^ (Spanish) "Municipality of Ovalle". http://www.municipalidaddeovalle.cl/. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
- ^ a b c d (Spanish) "National Statistics Institute". http://www.ine.cl/canales/chile_estadistico/censos_poblacion_vivienda/censo_pobl_vivi.php. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
- ^ http://www.welcomechile.com/ovalle/index_i.html
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