Mexico is the 11th most populous country in the world and has some of the largest cities. In this article we are going to discover which are the largest cities in Mexico .
You can see how there is an interesting gap between the megacities on this list and the winner. You will also learn that most of these cities are the capitals of their respective states, at the same time that they are the largest of them.

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If you are from Mexico, it is very likely that you live in one of these cities since they are the largest and the ones with the largest population. In order to contain so many inhabitants, many of them have either large urban buildings or at least large tracts of land with houses or buildings of lower heights.

Important note : the metropolitan areas of the cities have not been taken into account.

12. Naucalpan de Juarez
The city that opens our Mexico ranking is Naucalpan de Juarez, which is located in the State of Mexico.
This municipality has just over 790,000 inhabitants that deserve the 12th place on this list.

11. Chihuahua
It is the capital of the State of Chihuahua. It hasa population of just over 800,000 inhabitants . It is the second largest city in that State after Ciudad de Juarez. It has a quite remarkable industry at the maquiladora level.

10. Nezahualcoyotl
Located to the east of the State of Mexico. With just a relatively small extension of about 63 square kilometers, it houses no less than 1,109,000 inhabitants , although the population may have increased somewhat more in recent records.
With our position 10 of the most populated cities in Mexico, we also start with the populations that have more than one million inhabitants.

9. Monterrey
Monterrey is both the capital of the State of Nuevo Leon and the largest city in its state. WithWith more than 1,135,000 inhabitants , it ranks ninth among the largest cities in Mexico.
If we counted its metropolitan area, we would be talking about more than 4 million inhabitants, being the third largest metropolitan area in Mexico.

8. Zapopan
This city is part of the State of Jalisco, located in what is known as Central West Mexico. It has no less than 1,142,000 inhabitants despite not being the capital of its State.

7. Leon
It is the largest city in the State of Guanajuato, with a population of 1,238,000 . The city is especially famous for the Pearl of Bajio and also for being the World Shoe Capital.

6. Tijuana
With a population of1,300,000 inhabitants Tijuana is one of the largest in Mexico and the largest in the State of California. It is also known as “The corner of Mexico” or “The door of Mexico”.

5. Ciudad de Juarez
The City of Juarez is not only one of the largest cities in Mexico but also one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Even so, it has 1,321,000 inhabitants , giving it not only a well-deserved fifth place, but also the largest city in the State of Chihuahua.

4. Puebla de Zaragoza
The official name of this city is Heroica Puebla de Zaragoza. It is the capital of the State of Puebla at the same time as its largest city. This has been achieved by containing a little more than 1,434,000 inhabitants in its extension.

3. Guadalajara
Entering the top 3 most populated cities in Mexico we have Guadalajara. The capital of the State of Jalisto has almost 1,500,000 inhabitants , which also gives it first place among the largest cities in Jalisto.

2. Ecatepec
Among the 125 municipalities in Mexico, Ecatepec ranks second in the largest cities in the country . As if that were not enough, it is the most populous city in the State of Mexico with 1,655,000 inhabitants.
As a curiosity, its name means “In the center of the wind”.

1. Mexico City
Finally, in first place, we have Mexico City as the largest city in Mexico; in fact, with a big difference with respect to the previous ones. This city has a population of more than 8,900,000 registered inhabitants (in 2016).
If we add its metropolitan area known as the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico, the figure rises to 21 million inhabitants . A really huge amount. This amount makes it among the 10 most populated cities in the world.