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Mérida, Yucatán

Full nameMérida
Official nameMérida
Settlement typeCity
City FoundedJanuary 6, 1542
Municipal PresidentAngélica Araujo Lara (2010-2012)
Elevation32.8 ft (10 m)
Total Population970377 (2010)
Density (pop.)858.41/km2 (2223.3/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC−6)
- Summer (DST)CDT (UTC−5)
ZIP code97000
Area code999
Major AirportManuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport
INEGI Code310500001

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Mérida (-esˈmeɾiðapron) (T'hó /d̥ʼχøʼ/ or Ichkanzihóo /isʃkan'siχœ/) (the original name in Modern Maya) is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatán and the Yucatán Peninsula. It is located in the northwest part of the state, about 35 km (21.7 mi) from the Gulf of Mexico coast. The city is also the municipal seat of the Municipality of Mérida, which includes the city and the areas around it.

According to the 2010 census, the population of Mérida was 970,377, ranking 12th among the most populous Mexican metropolitan areas. The municipality's area is 858.41 km2 (331.4 sqmi). The metropolitan area includes the municipalities of Mérida, Umán and Kanasín and had a population of 1,035,238 in the same 2010 census. It is the largest of the four cities of the world that share the name Mérida, the other three being in Spain, Venezuela and The Philippines.

Mérida is serviced by Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (IATA airport code: MID)

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