Living in Mexico City
When we think about Mexico City, it is basically comprised of two entities: the capital city or Ciudad de México, and the State of Mexico, both merging as what is commonly known as the Metropolitan Area.
According to the last census of the INEGI (National Institute of Statistics and Geography), Mexico City and the state of Baja California rank equally in terms of established foreigners in the entities, and comprised mainly of residents coming from the USA, Guatemala, Japan, Spain and France.
With a total of 24,026,942 inhabitants, Mexico City accounts for 21% of the total population in the country, and rank 1st place in the GDP. Needless to mention, this represents business, education, work and investment opportunities in a relatively small area.
How is it to live in Mexico City?
Being a true cosmopolitan city, Mexico City concentrates, like no other city in the country, prestigious universities, museums, archaeological sites, education centers at all levels, modern hospitals, international concerts, theaters, beautiful landmarks, emblematic neighborhoods and modern highways and transportation to easily go for a change of landscape in close and charming cities like Cuernavaca also known as the city of the eternal spring, to sightseeing tours in our Pueblos Mágicos (Magical Villages).
Alternatives for different lifestyles and needs, from upscale apartments and luxury homes to more affordable, yet practical and convenient housing conform an almost endless rainbow of possibilities in the most important city in the country.
Recommended links for sightseeing in Mexico City
» Tour the Historic Center, Mexico City
» Museum of Antropolgy, Mexico City
» Soumaya Museums
Sightseeing tours close to the city:
» Pyramids of Teotihuacán, State of Mexico
» Cuernavaca, Morelos
» Tepoztlán, Morelos
» Ixtapan de la Sal, State of Mexico
» Taxco, Guerrero, Taxco, Magical Town
» Explore the caves of Cacahuamilpa
» Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico
Famous people who were born or lived in Mexico City
Film Director and Producer, Academy Awards Winner for Gravity and ROMA
Rodolfo Neri Vela,
Mexican scientist and astronaut who flew aboard a NASA Space Shuttle, currently working as a researcher at the UNAM in Mexico City
Mario J. Molina,
co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his research in the discovery of the Antarctic ozone hole.
Writer, Poet, Diplomat. Nobel Prize in Literature
business magnate, engineer, investor and philanthropist.
Even though Mexico City has a subtropical highland weather, due to the altitude of the city above the sea level, which is 7,380 ft. (2,250 m), the climate is very benign, with and an annual average temperature of 64°F (18°C). During late spring the average maximum temperatures can reach 77°F (25°C), and the lowest in winter may be 45°F (7°C).
Mexico City Origins
Mexico City dates back to its founding year in 1325, where the Mexicas, journing from the legendary place Aztlán in search of what was believed to be the sign that would let them know this was the place where the great Mexico Tenochtitlan should be found. The sign (which in modern times became part of our national flag) was an eagle on a nopal plant devouring a snake, in an islet in a lake and in the middle of which the great Mexico-Tenochtitlan was to be founded.
The city became one of the major and most important in Mesoamerica, this thanks to the tributes and conquests made to submitted peoples.
By the time the Spaniard Conqueror arrived to Mexico- Tenochtitlan in 1519, the city had a preeminent central nucleous conformed by temples, palaces and population centers disseminated throughout the lake, and whose lives revolved around this nucleous. The city was home to 500,000 inhabitants and it was completely destroyed as a result of the Conquest.
Archaeological sites can still be admired in the city, and the National Museum of Antropology in Mexico City, the most important in Mexico, is an emblematic tribute to our origins.