Lázaro Cárdenas, Quintana Roo

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Lázaro Cárdenas
Kantunil Kin central plaza
Kantunil Kin central plaza
Flag of Lázaro Cárdenas
Official logo of Lázaro Cárdenas
Location of Lázaro Cárdenas in Quintana Roo
Location of Lázaro Cárdenas in Quintana Roo
Lázaro Cárdenas is located in Mexico
Lázaro Cárdenas
Lázaro Cárdenas
Location within Mexico
Coordinates: 21°06′N 87°29′W / 21.100°N 87.483°W / 21.100; -87.483Coordinates: 21°06′N 87°29′W / 21.100°N 87.483°W / 21.100; -87.483
StateQuintana Roo
Named forLázaro Cárdenas
Municipal seatKantunilkín
 • Municipal PresidentClementino Angulo
 • Municipality3,881 km2 (1,498 sq mi)
20 m (70 ft)
 • Municipality25,333
 • Density6.5/km2 (17/sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern Standard Time)
INEGI Code23007

Lázaro Cárdenas (Spanish: [ˈlasaɾo ˈkaɾðenas] (About this soundlisten)) is one of the eleven municipalities that make up the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. Its municipal seat is the town of Kantunilkín, which was founded on 10 October 1859.[1] Its borders are, to the west, the municipalities of Tizimín and Chemax in the state of Yucatán, to the east the municipalities of Isla Mujeres and Benito Juárez, and to the south Solidaridad.

It is named after Lázaro Cárdenas del Río who was President of Mexico from 1934 to 1940.


Like most of the Yucatan Peninsula, Lázaro Cárdenas is entirely flat with a gentle slope towards the sea, so from west to east.

Like the rest of the peninsula's surface, the land has a limestone base that does not allow the formation of surface water flows such as rivers and streams, the water instead forms flows in underground rivers that sometimes rise to the surface in the cenotes. Lakes and cenotes are the major bodies of water in the municipality.


The municipality is made up of 82 populated localities (localidades), as well as 81 unpopulated localities. The largest localities (cities, towns, and villages) are:[2]

Map of Lazaro Cardenas, Municipality
Name Population
(2010 Census)
Kantunilkín 7,150
Ignacio Zaragoza 2,213
Holbox 1,486
Chiquilá 1,466
Nuevo Valladolid 1,294
Nuevo Xcán 1,130
El Tintal 1,074
San Ángel 1,041
El Ideal 818
Solferino 799
San Francisco 767
El Cedral 752
Nuevo Durango 225
Total municipality 25,333


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1995 18,307—    
2000 20,411+2.20%
2005 22,434+1.91%
2010 25,333+2.46%
Source: INEGI Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía[3]