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Nickname(s): Sila
Silacayoapam is located in Mexico
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 17°30′0″N 98°8′0″W / 17.50000°N 98.13333°W / 17.50000; -98.13333
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
 • Total 417.2 km2 (161.1 sq mi)
Elevation 1,620 m (5,310 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 6,486
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Silacayoapam is a town and municipality in Oaxaca in south-western Mexico. It is part of the Silacayoapam District in the Mixteca Region.


Once part of the Coixtlahuaca state, after the Spanish conquest the town was officially founded in 1692. It is at an elevation of 1,620 meters in a mountain valley in northwestern Oaxaca.


The municipality covers an area of 417.2 km². As of 2005, the municipality had a total population of 6,486 of whom 1,392 spoke an indigenous language, living in 1,532 households. The main economic activity is agriculture, accounting for 80% of the economy. The main crops are corn, beans and some fruits, as well as wheat. Some of the people raise cattle and poultry. There is some artisan production of mezcal, brandy, woven sisal, palm and ceramics.[1]


  1. ^ "ESTADO DE OAXACA: SILACAYOAPAM". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved June 15, 2009. 

Coordinates: 17°30′N 98°08′W / 17.500°N 98.133°W / 17.500; -98.133