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Town / Municipality
Official seal of Comitán
Comitan de Dominguez en Chiapas.svg
Comitán is located in Mexico
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 16°15′0″N 92°08′0″W / 16.25000°N 92.13333°W / 16.25000; -92.13333Coordinates: 16°15′0″N 92°08′0″W / 16.25000°N 92.13333°W / 16.25000; -92.13333
Country  Mexico
State Chiapas
Population (2010)
 • Total 141,013

Comitán (formally: Comitán de Domínguez, for Belisario Domínguez[1]) is the fourth-largest city in the Mexican state of Chiapas. It is the seat of government of the municipality of the same name.

It is located in the east-central part of Chiapas, near the border with Guatemala at 16°15′N 92°08′W / 16.25°N 92.13°W / 16.25; -92.13. The municipality has an area of 1,043.30 km² (402.82 sq mi). Its largest other community is the town of Villahermosa Yalumá.

The original name given by the local Maya peoples is Balún Canán ("Nine stars"). It was later changed to Comitán de las Flores and, in 1915, to Comitán de Domínguez, after Dr. Belisario Domínguez, who gave a memorable speech in Congress against the dictator Victoriano Huerta for which he was murdered.

Comitán is also a popular tourist destination, mostly for Mexican nationals, though some foreign visitors can also be seen. The town itself is one of the most pleasant and pretty in Mexico, with colonial architecture, narrow avenues, and clean streets. The climate is cool most of the year, and can get quite chilly from October to March. The town square is active almost every night, with live music, or some kind of presentation/play (though often they seem to be somewhat evangelical). The main road (currently under repairs) into and out of town is planted with flowers and monuments to many of the states of Mexico.


As of 2010, the municipality had a total population of 141,013,[2] up from 121,263 as of 2005.

As of 2010, the city of Comitán had a population of 97,537,[2] up from 83,571 as of 2005. Other than the city of Comitán, the municipality had 340 localities, the largest of which (with 2010 populations in parentheses) were: Villahermosa Yalumá (2,368), San José Yocnajab (1,809), La Floresta (1,743), Los Riegos (1,740), Francisco Sarabia (1,673), Cash (1,429), Señor del Pozo (1,353), Zaragoza la Montaña (1,263), Efraín A. Gutiérrez (1,153), and Chacaljocom (1,056), classified as rural.[2]


  1. ^ Comitán de Domínguez Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México
  2. ^ a b c "Comitán de Domínguez". Catálogo de Localidades. Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL). Retrieved 23 April 2014. 

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