Santiago Choapam

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Santiago Choapam
Municipality and town
Santiago Choapam is located in Mexico
Santiago Choapam
Santiago Choapam
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 17°21′N 95°55′W / 17.350°N 95.917°W / 17.350; -95.917
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
 • Total 312.107 km2 (120.505 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,413
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Santiago Choapam (or Choapan) is a town and municipality in Oaxaca in south-western Mexico. The municipality covers an area of 312.1 km². It is part of the Choapam District in the south of the Papaloapan Region. Communities include Santiago Choapam, San Juan del Rio, Santa Maria Yahuivé, Maninaltepec, San Yaveloxi Jacinto, San Juan Teotalcingo and Santo Domingo.[1]

The municipality is on average 840 meters above sea level, with a hot and humid climate and a wet summer. The main rivers are the Lágrimas River and the Santa María Yahuive River. The forests contain cedar, avocado, mahogany and pine, mosses, ferns and palms. There is a great variety of wildlife, including bobcats or ocelots, puma, jaguar, fox, skunk and deer. Freshwater crab and shrimp are found the in streams and rivers.[1]

As of 2010, the municipality had 1,244 households with a total population of 5,413. Of these 45.1 % spoke an indigenous language, mostly Choapan Zapotec but with Chinantec minorities. Most people are engaged in agriculture, growing Manila mangos, banana, orange, lemon, sugar cane, custard apple, sweet potato and granaditas, or in forestry. Some cattle breeding is also practiced. There is no industry, and negligible tourism.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Santiago Choapam". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 

Coordinates: 17°20′N 95°57′W / 17.333°N 95.950°W / 17.333; -95.950