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Xalisco (Spanish pronunciation: ) is a city and its surrounding municipality of the same in the Mexican state of Nayarit. The city had a population of 21,899 in the 2005 census while the municipality has an area of 290.6 km² (112.2 sq mi) and a population of 42,893.[1] The municipality lies adjacent to the south side of Tepic, the state capital, and is part of the Tepic metropolitan area.[2]

Formerly known as Jalisco this municipality is located 6.4 km. southwest of Tepic. In the north it bounds the municipality of Tepic, in the south the municipality of Compostela; in the east the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla and in the west the municipality of San Blas.[3] The total area is 290.60 square kilometers, which makes it the smallest of the 20 municipalities that make up the state.

Over half of the municipal territory is mountainous with one peak, Cerro Alto, reaching 2,240 meters. There are several small rivers and streams of short length.

In the upper elevations there are still conifers and oaks, but over-forestry and long years of wood gathering for cooking have seriously depleted the natural cover. There are still deer, badgers, armadillos, and javelinas in more remote locations.

Due to the proximity to Tepic the economy is less agriculturally based than many municipalities in the state. Among the most important crops were: rice, corn, avocados, lemons, oranges, bananas, coffee, cherries, and sugarcane.

In the town there are the ruins of a colonial hacienda and a museum with pre-Columbian artifacts. The most important festival is that of Asunción de la Virgen María, celebrated on 15 August, at the beginning of the corn harvest. It is also known as the “La Feria del Elote”, or Corn Fair.


  • Toponymy 1
  • Sister cities 2
  • References 3
  • Sources 4
  • External links 5


The origin of the name Xalisco comes from the nahuatl Xalixko: "xal-li" (sand), "ix-telotl" (eye) and ko (place); Place of the sandy eye.

Sister cities

Xalisco has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:


  1. ^ Link to tables of population data from Census of 2005 INEGI: Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática
  2. ^ Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México (Spanish)
  3. ^ Map of Nayarit


  • L.A. Times: Xalisco heroin trade part 1
  • L.A. Times: Xalisco heroin trade part 2
  • L.A. Times: Xalisco heroin trade part 3

External links

  • Ayuntamiento de Xalisco Official website

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