Alicante (province)

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Alicante in Spanish or Alacant (in Valencian) is a province of eastern Spain, in the southern part of the Valencian Community. It is bordered by the provinces of Murcia on the southwest, Albacete on the west, Valencia on the north, and the Mediterranean Sea on the east. The province is named after its capital, the city of Alicante.

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Territory, population, and resources

According to the 2009 population data, Alicante ranks as the 4th most populous province in Spain (after Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia), with 1,917,012 inhabitants.[1] Cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants in the province are Alicante (334,757 inhabitants), Elche (230,112), Torrevieja (101,792), Orihuela (86,164), Benidorm (71,034), Alcoy (61,552), and Elda (55,168), and San Vicente del Raspeig (53,126).[2]

The province has the largest ratio of foreigner population among all Spanish provinces. The total of 446,368 foreigners are registered in the province, which represents 23.6 percent of the total population.[1] Out of 141 municipalities that make up the province, foreign population is above 25% in 54 municipalities, and above 50% in 19 municipalities. The latter include San Fulgencio (80%), Rojales (74%), Benitachell (69.8%), Algorfa (69.7%), Llíber (67%), Teulada (65.5%), Daya Vieja (64.4%); San Miguel de Salinas (64.3%), Calpe (62.8%), Poblets (61.6%), Alcalalí (60.8%), Benijófar (58.5%), Alfàs del Pi (56.6%), Orba (55%), Jávea (54%), Torrevieja (53.5%), Murla (52%), Hondón (51.7%), and Benidoleig (50%).[1]

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