Location of the Cobquecura commune in the Ñuble Region
|• Alcalde||Julio Manuel Fuentes Alarcón (PRSD)|
|• Total||570.3 km2 (220.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||124 m (407 ft)|
|• Density||8.8/km2 (23/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-4 (CLT )|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-3 (CLST )|
|Area code(s)||country 56 + city 42|
|Website||Municipality of Cobquecura|
Cobquecura it's a commune from the Region of Ñuble (Spanish: comuna) in the Province of Itata Chile's Region of Ñuble. The town is located on the northwest Pacific coast of the Itata Province about 420 km (261 mi) southwest of the national capital of Santiago.
According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Cobquecura spans an area of 570.3 km2 (220 sq mi) and has 5,687 inhabitants (3,032 men and 2,655 women). Of these, 1,493 (26.3%) lived in urban areas and 4,194 (73.7%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population fell by 9.1% (570 persons).
As a commune, Cobquecura 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 Julio Manuel Fuentes Alarcón (PRSD).The municipal council has the following members:
Within the electoral divisions of Chile, Cobquecura is represented in the Chamber of Deputies by Jorge Sabag (PDC) and Frank Sauerbaum (RN) as part of the 42nd electoral district, (together with San Fabián, Ñiquén, San Carlos, San Nicolás, Ninhue, Quirihue, Treguaco, Portezuelo, Coelemu, Ránquil, Quillón, Bulnes, Cabrero and Yumbel). The commune is represented in the Senate by Alejandro Navarro Brain (MAS) and Hosain Sabag Castillo (PDC) as part of the 12th senatorial constituency (Biobío-Cordillera).
Cobquecura is the birthplace of many significant Chilean figures, including:
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