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Chile Summary

Population 2000 (NSO-Based Estimate '000) 14,724   Population 2000 (UN '000) 15,211
Area (km2) 721,229   Avg. Input Resolution (km) 50
Number of Administrative Units 292   Population Per Administrative Unit ('000) 50
Number of Urban Extents 49   Number of Settlement Points 62

Chile Details

Continent South America
Country Name Chile
Administrative Classifications
Level Used 3.0
Leve1 Type Region
Level2 Type Provincias
Level3 Type Municipios
Number of Units 292
Population Per Unit ('000) (2000, estimate) 50
National Population Estimates
Last Year of Reference 2002
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1990 ('000) 13,045
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 1995 ('000) 13,831
NSO-Based Estimated Population, 2000 ('000) 14,724
UN Population, 1990 ('000) 13,100
UN Population, 1995 ('000) 14,210
UN Population, 2000 ('000) 15,211
National Spatial Estimates
Area (km2) 721,229
Average Input Resolution (km) 50
Settlement Points
Number of Settlement Points 62
Largest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 4,582,120
Smallest Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 18,036
Mean Settlement, by Population (2000, estimate) 170,501
Urban Areal Extents
Number of Urban Extents 49
Largest Urban Extent (km2) 2,202
Smallest Urban Extent (km2) 2
Mean Urban Extent (km2) 246
Total for All Urban Extent (km2) 12,049
Largest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 2,570,156
Smallest Urban Extent (population, 2000) 1,669
Mean Urban Extent (population, 2000) 141,973
Total for All Urban Extent (population, 2000) 6,956,659
% Total Land Area in Urban Extents (km2) 2%
% Total Population in Urban Extents (2000, estimate) 45%
% Total Population that is Urban (2001, UN World Urbanization Prospects) 86%
Urban Areal Extents, by Source
Nighttime Lights Data 87
Regression-estimated Extents 0
Digital Chart of the World 0
Other 0
Administrative Population Source Data:
Instituto Nacional de Estadisctica, INE. 1992 and 2002;; refinements made at CIESIN using, an intercative map showing 1992 and 2002 population by municipio.
Administrative Boundary Source Data:
Instituto Nacional de Estadisticas de Chile. Sub. Depto. Cartografia. Dpto. Geografia y Censos. 1981. Con la Nueva Diivison Politica. Escala 1:3000000 and Mapa Caminero Geografico y Turistico de Chile Inupal. 1987. Escala 1: 1.400.000 Codigo Ciat 782 gbbg 1989 - 782 fb 198; Prepared by the Centro Internacional de Agricultural Tropical (CIAT).
Settlement Point Population Source Data:
City Population,
Settlement Point Coordinate Source Data:
Urban Criteria for Settlements (UN):
Populated centres with definite urban characteristics, such as certain public and mu-nicipal services.
Administrative Population Edits and Notes:
Recent boundary divisions were accomodated in the following attribution of population: - We assign the populations of Aisen and Cisnes municipios to Cisnes, although rendered as two separate polygons in the interactive map, our shapefile indicated only one polygon, Cisnes, which visual approximates the size and shape of these two municipalities combined. - The following muncipios were merged into Chilena Punta Rio Natales: Antartic Chilena, Punta Arenas, Rio Verde (Is), and Natalie (Is) (also called Puerto Natales). They were assigned a single, total population value. - Cabo de Hornos merges the municipalities of Timaukel and Cabo de Hornes. - In Atacama region, the muncipios of Copiapo and Cladera are merged. - In Metropolitana region, in the province of Talagante, the municipio Penaflor and Padre Hurtado are merged. - The following muncipios within Region Metropolitana, Provincia Santiago are treated as Provincia Santiago (I.e., we did not have the boundaries at the municipio-level for this province): Lo Barnechea, Vitacura, Las Condes, La reina, Penalolen, La Florida, Huechuraba, Recoleta, Providencia, Nunoa, Macul, Quilicura, Conchali, Independicia, Renca, Cerro Navia, Quinta Normal, Lo Prado, Estacion central, Santiago, San Joaquin, La Granja, La Pintana, San Miguel, San Ramon, La Cisterna, El Bosque, Pedro Aguirre Cerda, Lo Espejo, Cerrillos, Maipu, Pudahuel - A 5% growth rate cap was applied to select units.
Administrative Spatial Edits and Notes:
Polygons for the small island municipios of Isla de Pascua and Juan Fernandez located in the Valparaiso region, were added to the original shapefile from Instituto Nacional de Estadisticas based on the interactive map available from the Chile census office, at . Because these islands were rendered in a generalized way, they are not considered to be acurately georeferenced.