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Irapuato, Guanajuato

Full nameIrapuato
Official nameIrapuato
Native nameCiudad de Irapuato
MottoAd Augusta Per Angusta
Founded (officially)1547 (by Vasco de Quiroga)
Municipal PresidentJorge Estrada Palero
Total Area326.2 sq mi (845.16 km2)
Elevation5 676 ft (1.5 m)
Total Population342561 city; 463103 municipality (2005)
Density (pop.)547.95/km2 (1419.2/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneCentral Standard Time (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

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Irapuato is a Mexican city (and municipality) located at the foot of the Arandas mountain (in Spanish: cerro de Arandas), in the south central region of the state of Guanajuato. It lies between the Silao River and the Guanajuato River, a tributary of the Lerma River, at 1,724 m (5,656 ft) above sea level. It is located at . The city is the second-largest in the state (only behind León), with a population of 342,561 according to the 2005 census, while its municipality has a population of 463,103. The municipality has an area of 845.16 km2 (326.32 sq mi) and includes numerous smaller outlying communities. The city's main industry is agriculture and it is famous for its strawberries and the raising of pigs and cattle. The fruits and flowers of Irapuato's luxurious gardens are well known throughout Mexico.

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