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La villa rica de la vera cruz, is spanish. In catalan it is: La vila rica de la vera creu (the rich town of the red cross). From the royal flag, a red cross on white background (Saint George cross).


I think the second half of this article needs to be moved to the veracruz city page.

As many vandalisms as this page seems to have suffered, I'm guessing this is the product of one. (Vandalism is among the most despicable activities humans have managed to invent).

It seems to me very improbable that the second most populous city in Veracruz is Orizaba, as the text now says. Probably it would be Mina-Coatza, then Xalapa, or Córdoba, and Orizaba below any of these. Anybody have the population statistics handy enough to check this out. I don't have them or the time to look for them.

--Lavintzin 01:21, 27 April 2006 (UTC)

Veracruz city population link: World Gazetteer: Largest Cities in Veracruz

The basic idea, copied here for your viewing:

Veracruz city populations As of 2000:

Veracruz 535473

Xalapa 373076

Coatza 225973

Poza Rica 170819

Mina 148896

Cordoba 132091

Orizaba 118552

Even combined, Coatza and Mina don't even come close to the population of el Puerto. I wouldn't exactly call them a metropolis either, as there is about 10 miles of swamp separating them. Combine them with nearby cities such as Allende, and las Choapas, and you're still not there, especially if you do Veracruz the same favor and add in Boca del Rio, etc. I'll change the first paragraph to adequately reflect this. --KÆN 18:47, 27 June 2006 (UTC)

PS I checked with Mexico's census bureau (CONAPO) and the numbers are a little different, but Veracruz is still without a doubt the largest city in Veracruz. Interestingly enough, its also larger than Tampico, making it the largest city on the Gulf Coast, but the population of metropolitan Tampico (including Altamira, Cuidad Madero, Tampico Alto, etc) is likely somewhat larger than Metropolitan Veracruz (whose only other significant population contributer is Boca del Rio, as far as I know). Also interestingly enough, CONAPO projects that Xalapa's population will surpass that of Veracruz by 2010. Technicalities.... but interesting! link to CONAPO population data --KÆN 22:51, 27 June 2006 (UTC)

Projections, such as those at the CONAPO site, are notoriously inaccurate. Besides, there is no reason to use them when actual census figures are available at INEGI Backspace 03:21, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

Municipio versus Localidad[edit]

For Mexico, one has to be careful in what is considered a "city" in the normal sense of the word. In Mexico, the only legal "cities" are the municipios, which consist of a central city plus the surrounding area, and can best be compared to a U.S. "county". Municipios are divided into localidades, which are probably more comparable to what most people define as "cities". These localidades, however, have no legal function, but are only geographical parts of a municipio. They have no local government, but are subject to the municipio's government.

In light of that statement, here are the largest municipios of Veracruz, according to the latest 2005 Mexican census:

  1. Veracruz 512310
  2. Xalapa 413136
  3. Coatzacoalcos 280363
  4. Córdoba 186623
  5. Poza Rica de Hidalgo 181438
  6. Papantla 152863
  7. Minatitlán 151983
  8. San Andrés Tuxtla 148447
  9. Boca del Río 141906
  10. Túxpam 134394
  11. Orizaba 117289
  12. Cosoleacaque 104970
  13. Temapache 100790

Here are the largest localidades It is important to note that there are two localidades named Veracruz, and two named Minatitlán. All localidades are in the municipio of the same (or very similar) name except as noted:

  1. Veracruz [Veracruz municipio] 444438
  2. Xalapa-Enríquez 387879
  3. Coatzacoalcos 234174
  4. Poza Rica de Hidalgo 174512
  5. Córdoba 136237
  6. Veracruz [Boca del Río municipio] 129416
  7. Orizaba 117273
  8. Minatitlán [Minatitlán municipio] 109791
  9. Túxpam de Rodríguez Cano 78523
  10. San Andrés Tuxtla 58757
  11. Martínez de la Torre 56433
  12. Papantla de Olarte 51716
  13. Acayucan 49945
  14. Coatepec 49608
  15. Tierra Blanca 44171
  16. Minatitlán [Cosoleacaque municipio] 43116
  17. Las Choapas 40773
  18. Río Blanco 39997
  19. Agua Dulce 37987
  20. Pánuco 37450
  21. Perote 34658
  22. Ciudad Mendoza [Camerino Z. Mendoza municipio] 34313
  23. Tlapacoyan 33151
  24. Jáltipan de Morelos 30509
  25. Coatzintla 30061

I hope that this helps to settle some debates.

You can find documentation for all this at INEGI

By the way, Veracruz is the largest Mexican city on the Gulf of Mexico. That figure on Tampico would probably be the metropolitan area population, which as the article indicates, includes the cities of Ciudad Madero and Altamira. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Backspace (talkcontribs) 19:43, 23 February 2007 (UTC).
Yes, those were my comments. I am forgetting to remember to put those four tildes in at the end of my comments. Re: the previous comment: The figure of 659,597 in the current article for Tampico is the 2005 census official total for the municipios of Tampico: 303,924 plus Ciudad Madero: 193,045 and Altamira: 162,623. Backspace 02:59, 24 February 2007 (UTC)

The official?[edit]

Does this make any sense to anyone?

"The official of this Mexican state was Veracruz-Llave from ..."

Languages of Veracruz[edit]

I'm interested in knowing what were the pre columbian Indian populations of Veracruz, what languages they spoke, and what's left of these languages nowadays (including speaking populations, and whether they are primary languages, secondary/family home languages, or relegated to patois/backwater language status). Does anybody know a good source for such information? --Svartalf 19:04, 18 January 2007 (UTC)

Appearance/representation in Rose Bowl Parade[edit]

For Veracruz to be represented at the Rose Bowl parade is a major achievement. This should not be removed without discussion and consensus. Ronbo76 21:31, 12 March 2007 (UTC)


the picture titled "new housing developments in the city" refers to an image not anywhere in the city —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:16, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

new title?[edit]

Should this article be called Veracruz (municipality)? Suomi Finland 2009 (talk) 20:31, 1 July 2010 (UTC)


There is any statue of the founder of the city of Veracruz, Hernán Cortés? -- (talk) 01:59, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: Moved to Veracruz (city). Consensus indicates that this option has the most support. What (if anything) happens to Veracruz, Veracruz (state) and Veracruz (disambiguation) require separate discussion.  Philg88 talk 09:12, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Veracruz, VeracruzVeracruz City – I think anyone would agree that the name of the city is Veracruz, but of course that name is taken by the Mexican state. It makes more sense to me that we would follow the examples of New York City, Chihuahua City, Mexico City, Guatemala City, etc., and move the article to the "X City" title. Red Slash 02:19, 9 November 2014 (UTC)


  • Comment I would move Veracruz (disambiguation) to Veracruz, and move the state to Veracruz (state), as for the city, how about Veracruz (city) ? (Google hits are higher for the phrase "city of Veracruz" than the term "Veracruz City" or the term "Veracruz, Veracruz") "Veracruz, Mexico" would then point to the disambiguation page Veracruz (disambiguation) (which would be located at "Veracruz" after the moves). -- (talk) 06:43, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
    • I agree that Veracruz (city) is better than the proposal or the current title. Srnec (talk) 22:52, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
      • WP:NATURAL is in disagreement with that; we prefer naturally-disambiguated titles even if they are not the most common. Red Slash 05:18, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
        • In this case, the city is not usually called "Veracruz City" and that title misleads people into thinking it is like Mexico City. —Srnec (talk) 16:17, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose the proposed title, which is too uncommon. No opinion on the possibility of Veracruz (city). Dekimasuよ! 00:46, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
  • If the city is moved, that's fine, but I don't think the state or dab should be moved as a result of this move request since they weren't the main focus of the discussion and editors at those pages weren't alerted to the discussion. Dekimasuよ! 22:45, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose not sure how this should be disambuguated, but definitely not as "Veracruz City". It just isn't used often enough. —innotata 04:43, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose Veracruz City. Support Veracruz (city) (see also: Cork (city). Thought I'm also fine with disambiguating the state and move the city to the base name. --В²C 00:31, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Primary topic?[edit]

As this might have some bearing on the RM discussion, is the state of Veracruz really the primary topic and not the city? If not, move the state article instead and free up "Veracruz" for the city. —  AjaxSmack  02:02, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

Well, the state has 10x the population of the metro area of the city. Dekimasuよ! 03:24, 11 November 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, the state is more famous for Xalapa, etc... the city really can't make a decent claim on primary topic, IMO. Red Slash 03:50, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
Maybe... I'd certainly heard of the city, both in history classes and in news reports, but didn't even know that the state existed until now. Never heard of Xalapa until now. So on what basis is the state... more famous for Xalapa, etc, and what's the etc? Andrewa (talk) 15:05, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
The "etc" is for other cities in the state. Veracruz City is a little bigger than Xalapa, which is famous for its peppers (jalapeños). Less than 10% of people living in Veracruz live in the metro area of the city. I know, I was surprised too--I thought the city would dominate the state. But it doesn't, it really doesn't. I should have avoided the word "famous" and instead used "notable"; my bad. Red Slash 23:57, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
I only brought up the issue because Spanish Wikipedia has the city at Veracruz and the state at Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave. Note that I'm not suggesting that this should have any bearing on English Wikipedia's titles.  AjaxSmack  03:34, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
There seem to be a couple of very shaky assumptions here. Yes, the jalapeño is famous, but how many of those who recognise it associate it with Xalapa? Not many, perhaps? Yes, in terms of population the city doesn't dominate the state, but so what? That's irrelevant in terms of our current policies and guidelines, so far as I can see, and I can't see any grounds for appealing against them here. The fact that you were surprised is however relevant... I suggest that many others would be similarly surprised, and if so that's an argument that the city is the primary meaning. Andrewa (talk) 14:40, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.