Sierra Gorda, Chile

Sierra Gorda
Commune
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Map of Sierra Gorda commune in Antofagasta Region
Map of Sierra Gorda commune in Antofagasta Region
Location in Chile
Location in Chile
Sierra Gorda
Location in Chile
Coordinates: 22°54′S 69°19′W / 22°54′S 69°19′W / -22.900; -69.317
Country   Chile
Region   Antofagasta
Province Antofagasta
Government [1]
 • Type Municipality
 •  Alcalde José Guerrero Venegas
Area [2]
 • Total 12,886.4 km2 (4,975.5 sq mi)
Elevation 1,615 m (5,299 ft)
Population (2012 Census) [2]
 • Total 1,069
 • Density 0.083/km2 (0.21/sq mi)
 •  Urban 0
 •  Rural 2,356
Sex [2]
 • Men 1,791
 • Women 565
Time zone CLT [3] ( UTC-4)
 • Summer ( DST) CLST [4] ( UTC-3)
Area code(s) (+56) 5
Website Municipality of Sierra Gorda

Sierra Gorda is a Chilean commune in Antofagasta Province, Antofagasta Region. The total population was 1,516 as of the 2012 census. [5] The two main settlements are the villages of Sierra Gorda (pop. 428) and Baquedano (pop. 825).

Due to the mining business, Sierra Gorda has the eighth highest average household income in the country ( PPP US$34,842 in 2006). [6]

The village of Sierra Gorda stages a yearly summer music festival called Festival del Desierto ("Festival of the Desert"), which attracts thousands of people from nearby towns, and even from neighboring countries such as Peru and Bolivia. [7]

Demographics

According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Sierra Gorda had 2,356 inhabitants (1,791 men and 565 women), making it an entirely rural areas. The population grew by 65.3% (931 persons) between the 1992 and 2002 censuses. [2]