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Full nameElx/Elche
Settlement typeMunicipality
Autonomous communityValencian Community
ComarcaBaix Vinalopó
Judicial districtElche
FoundedIberos; 5th century BC
AlcaldeAlejandro Soler Mur (2007)
Total Area125.9 sq mi (326.07 km2)
Elevation282.2 ft (86 m)
Total Population230112 (2009)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
DemonymIl·licità, il·licitana
Ilicitano, ilicitana
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code032xx
Area code966 - 965
Official language(s)Valencian

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Elche (-esˈeltʃelang) or Elx (-caˈɛʎtʃlangva) is a city located in the comarca of Baix Vinalopó, in the Alicante province which, in turn, is a part of the Valencian Community, Spain. According to the 2008 census, Elche has a population of some 228,300 inhabitants (called il·licitans in Valencian and ilicitanos in Spanish), ranking as the third most populated city in the Valencian Community (after Valencia and Alicante) and the 20th largest Spanish city.

Part of the municipality is coastal but the main city is some 11 km (6.8 miles) from the Mediterranean Sea. A small creek called Vinalopó flows through the city splitting it in two parts.

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