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Puerto Montt

Puerto Montt
Full namePuerto Montt
Official namePuerto Montt
Native nameMeli Pulli
Settlement typeCity and Commune
RegionLos Lagos
Founded asMelipulli
Founded12 February 1853
AlcaldeRabindranath Quinteros Lara
Total Area645.8 sq mi (1673 km2)
Total Population175938 (2002 Census)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneCLT (UTC-4)
- Summer (DST)CLST (UTC-3)
Area code56 +

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Puerto Montt is a port city and commune in southern Chile, located at the northern end of the Reloncaví Sound in the Llanquihue Province, Los Lagos Region. The commune spans an area of 1673 sqkm and had a population of 175,938 in 2002. It is located 1,055 km to the south of the capital, Santiago. Founded as late as 1853 during the German colonization of southern Chile, Puerto Montt soon outgrew older neighboring cities due to its strategic position at the southern end of the Chilean Central Valley being a gateway city into Chiloé Archipelago, Llanquihue and Nahuel Huapi lakes and Western Patagonia.

Puerto Montt has gained renown and grown significantly due to the rise of Chile as the second largest salmon producer of the world during the 1990s and 2000s. However, the Chilean salmon aquaculture crisis of the late 2000s resulted at least temporarily in severe unemployment and exposed weaknesses in the local economy. The city's cultural heritage mixes elements of Chiloé culture with German heritage although the city has attracted a significant number of newcomers from all over Chile in the last 30 years due to employment opportunities.

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