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Gran Concepcion
Skyline from the Bio Bio River
Nickname(s): Pencopolis
Gran Concepcion (Metropolis of Concepcion)
Coordinates: 36°47′0″S 73°07′0″W / 36.783333°S 73.116667°W / -36.783333; -73.116667
Region Bío-Bío Region
Province Concepcion Province
Foundation October 5, 1550
 - Mayor
Elevation 4 m (13 ft)
Population (2002)2
 - Metro 889.725
Time zone Chile Time (CLT)[1] (UTC-4)
 - Summer (DST) Chile Summer Time (CLST)[2] (UTC-3)
Satellite image of Greater Concepción

Gran Concepción is the second largest conurbation in Chile, after Greater Santiago with 889,725 habitants. According to the Instituto Nacional de Estadística, the population projection for 2008 is 972,741 inhabitants.

It takes its name after the city of Concepción, the regional capital and main city.

The agglomeration is composed of:

Gran Concepción has also the second largest concentration of universities in Chile. Apart from the so called Traditional Universities, it has several private institutions. The Universidad de Concepción is the most important university in the conurbation.

There is also a suburban train system which serves most of the "comunas" in the conurbation: Biotren.

Barrio Estación

Across from the "Concepción" suburban train station, it's located the popular Barrio Estación, in which we can find the biggest concentration of bars, pubs, and clubs in the city. In most places you can chill out and enjoy live music, have local food and drink and meet people.


  1. ^ "Chile Time". World Time Zones .org. Retrieved 2007-05-05.  
  2. ^ "Chile Summer Time". World Time Zones .org. Retrieved 2007-05-05.  


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