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La Serena, Chile

La Serena Chile
Administration
Full nameLa Serena
Official nameLa Serena
Native name langes
Settlement typeCity and Commune
CountryChile
RegionCoquimbo
ProvinceElqui
La SerenaSeptember 4, 1544
Government
TypeMunicipality
AlcaldeRaúl Saldívar Auger
Geography
Total Area730.6 sq mi (1892.8 km2)
Demography
Total Population160148 (2002 Census)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Urban147815
Rural12333
Sex
Men77385
Women82763
Other information
Time zoneCLT (UTC-4)
- Summer (DST)CLST (UTC-3)

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La Serena is a city and commune in northern Chile, capital of the Coquimbo Region. Founded in 1544, it is the country's second oldest city after the national capital, Santiago, located 471 km (292.7 mi) to the south. It has a communal population of 190,716 (2006 projection, and 400,000 for the Greater La Serena) area, the country's fourth largest conurbation (pop. 300,000, 2002 census), which includes nearby Coquimbo with an area of 1892.80 sqkm (1176.1 mi). It is one of the fastest-growing areas of Chile, witnessing a population increase of 32.6% between 1992 and 2002.

The city is an important tourist destination, especially during the summer, where people go to visit the beaches. It is in the headquarters of the University of La Serena and also is home to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of La Serena, one of five Catholic Archdiocese of Chile.


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