Curicó is the capital city of the Curicó Province, part of the Maule Region in Chile's central valley. The province lies between the provinces of Colchagua and Talca and extends from the Pacific to the Argentine frontier. Its cakes, fruits, and wine are well known in Chile and around the World for their high quality. According to the 2002 census of the National Statistics Institute, Curicó spans an area of 1,328.4 km2 (513 sq mi) and has 119,585 inhabitants (58,768 men and 60,817 women). Of these, 100,506 (84%) lived in urban areas and 19,079 (16%) in rural areas. Between the 1992 and 2002 censuses, the population grew by 14.9% (15,472 persons).