In 1831, the village of San Juan del Río constituted a municipality. By decree, on November 5, 1932, the municipality became known as Rafael Delgado, in honor of the author, a native of nearby Córdoba.
The municipality is bordered to the north by Orizaba and Ixmatlahuacan, to the east by Ixtaczoquitlán, to the south by San Andrés Tenejapan, Tlilapan and Nogales, and to the west by Río Blanco. It is irrigated by the Río Blanco river.
Every June, a celebration is held in honor of San Juan de la Concepción, patron of the town, and in December the town holds festivities in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
The weather in Rafael Delgado is cold and wet all year, with rains in summer and autumn.
- "Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México: Rafael Delgado" (in Spanish). Gobierno Estatal. Retrieved 2009-06-12. External link in