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Tampico, Tamaulipas

Full nameTampico
Official nameTampico
FoundedApril 13, 1823
MayorMagdalena Peraza Guerra (PAN)
Total Area35.8 sq mi (92.73 km2)
Elevation32.8 ft (10 m)
Total Population309003 (2010)
Density (pop.)4338/km2 (11235.4/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)859419
Other information
Time zoneCentral Standard Time (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

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Tampico is a city and port in the state of Tamaulipas, in the country of Mexico. It is located in the southeastern part of the state, directly north across the border from Veracruz. Tampico is the third largest city in Tamaulipas, and counts with a population of 309,003. The Metropolitan area of Tampico, however, counts with a population of nearly 859,419 habitants. Economic development during the 1920s made the city a pioneer in the aviation and soda industries. Oil is the chief export, but the city also is a major exporter of silver, copper, and lumber, together with wool, hemp, and other agricultural products. Containerized cargo, however, is mainly handled by the neighboring ocean port of Altamira. The city has experienced a large spike of drug-related violence originated by the turf wars between the drug cartels and by military-led offensive by the Mexican government, who fights to keep order.

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