Ixtepec, Oaxaca

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Ciudad Ixtepec
Palacio ixtepec.jpg
Ciudad Ixtepec is located in Mexico
Ciudad Ixtepec
Ciudad Ixtepec
Coordinates: 16°34′0″N 95°06′50″W / 16.56667°N 95.11389°W / 16.56667; -95.11389Coordinates: 16°34′0″N 95°06′50″W / 16.56667°N 95.11389°W / 16.56667; -95.11389
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
Municipality Ixtepec
Founded 16th century
 • Total 229.65 km2 (88.67 sq mi)
Elevation 40 m (130 ft)
Population (2005)(municipality)
 • Total 24,181
 • Density 110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
Demonym Ixtepecano

Ixtepec (formally: Ciudad Ixtepec; previously known as Villa de San Jerónimo Doctor) is a small city, and municipality of the same name, located in the state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. It is part of the Juchitán District in the west of the Istmo de Tehuantepec region.[1]


The name "Ixtepec" is derived from Nahuatl and roughly translates to either "view of the mountain" or "face of the mountain."Its name was Iztepeque until 1935, when it was officially changed to Ciudad Ixtepec (Ixtepec City). The founding of the city was most likely in the 16th century as a Zapotec settlement shortly before the Spanish Conquest. It remained an indigenous community until the 19th century, with its economy based on subsistence farming. In the early 20th century, the community grew in economic importance as its location made it attractive to foreign investment with the building of the Pan-American Highway, originally as a rail line.[2]


The municipality has an area of 229.65 km2 at an average elevation of 40 meters above sea level. The climate is warm, with rainfall of 950 mm annually mostly falling in the summer. Average temperature is 27.4°C, ranging from 21.5°C to 30.7°C.[1]


As of 2005, there were 6,481 households with a population of 24,181, of whom 4,667 spoke an indigenous language. Like Ixtaltepec, Juchitán and Tehuantepec, Ixtepec has a significant native Zapotec population. Many indigenous traditions are still followed.

Ixtepec used to be an important railway center point, but nowadays no passenger train traffic runs through. However, a university has recently been constructed there. Economic activities include very limited agriculture on 972 hectares of irrigated land growing corn, sorghum, sesame and vegetables, 408 small farms raising cattle, pigs or goats, fish hatcheries for crappie, tilapia and red snapper, manufacture of bricks, school uniforms and home furnishings, and mining of black clay for making pots and figurines and adobe bricks.[1]


As municipal seat, Ciudad Ixtepec has governing authority over the following communities:[1]

  • Cheguigo Juárez
  • Quinta Sección
  • Chivaguí
  • Colonia Alejandro Cruz Martínez
  • Colonia la Candelaria
  • Colonia Niza Luba
  • El Carrizal (Chivaniza)
  • El Zapote
  • Guichilana
  • Guigobazaá
  • La Guadalupe
  • La Huana Milpería
  • La Providencia
  • La Rufa
  • Laguna Bacuela
  • Los Cascabeles
  • Los Laureles
  • Niza Shiga (Monte Grande)
  • Nizandá
  • Rancho Félix Enríquez Sangermán
  • Río Seco
  • San Jerónimo


  1. ^ a b c d Ciudad Ixtepec "(Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México)". Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Ciudad Ixtepec". Enciclopedia de Los Municipios y Delegaciones de México Estado de Oaxaca (in Spanish). Mexico: INAFED. Retrieved March 21, 2014.