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Ten fun facts about Mexico City


1. " West's Largest Metropolis"

Mexico City, the bustling capital of Mexico, is the most populous metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere. With a population of over 21 million people, it is the largest city in the Americas and the second largest in the world. It is also known as Distrito Federal, and is home to a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Mexico City is a vibrant and exciting city, with a rich history and a bright future.

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2. Mexico City's Security Measures Successful

Under the leadership of the mayor between 2009 and 2011, Mexico City saw a dramatic increase in security measures. Approximately 11,000 security cameras were installed around the city, providing a much-needed layer of protection for its citizens. This initiative was a major success, and the city has since seen a decrease in crime rates, making it a safer place to live and visit.

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3. Mexico City's Population Soars

In the span of just over a century, Mexico City's population has grown exponentially. In 1900, the city had a population of around 500,000, but by 2005, that number had skyrocketed to 19.2 million. This remarkable growth is due to a combination of factors, including increased immigration, a higher birth rate, and a booming economy. As a result, Mexico City is now the largest city in the Americas and the most populous Spanish-speaking city in the world.

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4. Rare Snowfall in Mexico City Causes Stir

On January 12, 1967, Mexico City experienced a rare phenomenon - snowfall in the central valley! This was the last recorded instance of snow in the area, making it a truly remarkable event. The snowfall was a surprise to many, as the city is located in a tropical climate and rarely experiences such cold temperatures. The snow was a welcome sight for many, as it was a reminder of the beauty of nature and the unpredictability of the weather.

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5. Mexico City Hosts NFL Regular Season Game

In 2005, Mexico City made history by becoming the first city to host an NFL regular season game outside of the United States. The game was held at the iconic Azteca Stadium, which has a capacity of over 87,000 and is the largest stadium in Mexico. This event marked a major milestone in the NFL's international expansion, and it was the first time that an NFL regular season game had been played outside of the United States.

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6. Mexico City vs Queretaro: Which is the Center of Mexico?

Mexico City is the center of Mexico's population and history, and as such, it is the home of the federal government. However, geographically speaking, Queretaro is actually closer to the center of the country. This is due to the fact that Mexico City has been the center of population and history for centuries, making it the logical choice for the federal government.

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7. Mexico City Sinking Since 1900

Mexico City, located in the Valley of Mexico, has been sinking since the beginning of the 20th century, with some areas dropping as much as 9 meters. This is due to the fact that none of the lakes that used to occupy the valley remain, leaving the city without the support of the water that once held it up. This sinking has caused a number of problems for the city, including the destruction of buildings and infrastructure, as well as an increased risk of flooding.

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8. World's Safest City?

Mexico City is renowned for its impressive police officer to resident ratio, with at least one officer for every 100 citizens. This makes it one of the most highly policed cities in the world, providing a sense of security and safety for its inhabitants. The city's police force is also one of the largest in the world, with over 100,000 officers employed to protect and serve the city's population of over 8.9 million people.

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9. UNAM: Mexico City's Successful University

Mexico City is home to the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the largest university on the continent. It is no surprise that UNAM has achieved great success, ranking 74th on the 'Times Higher Education' World University Rankings in 2006. With over 300,000 students, UNAM is a major hub of education and research in Mexico City.

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10. The City of the Palaces

In the 19th century, Alexander von Humboldt famously dubbed Mexico City 'the City of the Palaces', or 'La Cuidad de los Palacios', due to its impressive array of grandiose structures. From the iconic Metropolitan Cathedral to the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the city is home to a plethora of majestic buildings that have been standing for centuries, making it a true architectural marvel.

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