The municipality has an area of 717.65 square kilometres (1.21% of the surface of the state).
It is bordered to the north by the municipalities of Peribán and Uruapan, to the east by Nuevo Parangaricutiro, to southeast by Parácuaro, to the south by Apatzingán, and to the southwest by Buenavista.
A volcanic peak, Pico de Tancítaro or Volcán Tancítaro, is located in the municipality. At 3,845 metres (12,615 ft) in elevation, it is the highest point in Michoacán state.
The municipality had a population of 26,089 inhabitants according to the 2005 census.
Due to its increase in criminal activity in the area, its 60 man Municipal Police Force was disbanded in December 2009. Soon after the people of Michoacán began taking arms against the drug traffickers and against organized crime. They called themselves "auto defensas".
- Michoacán Archived 2011-05-17 at the Wayback Machine Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Retrieved on October 9, 2007
- "2005 Census". INEGI: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática. Archived from the original on 2013-02-27. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2010-01-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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