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For the province, see Province of Arica. For the region, see Region of Arica and Parinacota.
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Map of Arica commune in Arica and Parinacota Region
Map of Arica commune in Arica and Parinacota Region
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Coordinates (city): 18°29′S 70°20′W / 18.483°S 70.333°W / -18.483; -70.333Coordinates: 18°29′S 70°20′W / 18.483°S 70.333°W / -18.483; -70.333
CountryChile
RegionArica and Parinacota
ProvinceArica
Founded1541
Founded byLucas Martínez Vegaso
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • MayorSalvador Urrutia Cárdenas
Area
 • Total4,799.4 km2 (1,853.1 sq mi)
Population
 (2002)
 • Total185,268
 • Density38.6023/km2 (99.9796/sq mi)
 • Urban
175,441
 • Rural
9,827
Sex
 • Male91,742
 • Female93,526
Time zoneUTC−4 (CLT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−3 (CLST)
WebsiteMunicipality of Arica

Arica is a commune and a port city with a population of 196,590 in the Arica Province of northern Chile's Arica y Parinacota Region. It is Chile's most northern city; it is at only 18 km (11 mi) south of the border with Peru.

The city is the capital since 2007 of both the Arica Province and the Arica and Parinacota Region. It was founded on 25 April 1541 by Lucas Martínez Vegaso as San Marcos de Aricaview more...