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Country Information
mexicoOfficial name: Estados Unidos Mexicanos
President: Vicente Fox Quesada (2000)
Area: 761,602 sq mi (1,972,550 sq km)
Monetary unit: Mexican peso

Population (2005 est.): 106,202,903
- growth rate: 1.2%;
- birth rate: 21.0/1000;
- infant mortality rate: 20.9/1000;
- life expectancy: 75.2;
- density per sq mi: 139

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Mexico City, 21,233,900 (metro. area), 8,681,400 (city proper)
Other large cities:
- Ecatepec, 1,731,900 (part of Mexico City metro. area);
- Guadalajara, 1,665,800;
- Puebla, 1,345,500;
- Nezahualcóyotl, 1,250,700 (part of Mexico City metro. area);
- Monterrey, 1,135,000

Languages:
- Spanish,
- various Mayan,   
- Nahuatl,
- other regional indigenous languages

Ethnicity/race:
- mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) 60%,
- Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian 30%,
- white 9%,
- other 1%

Religions:
- nominally Roman Catholic 89%,
- Protestant 6%,
- other 5%

Literacy rate: 92% (2003 est.)

Economic summary:
- GDP/PPP (2004 est.): $1.006 trillion; per capita $9,600.
- Real growth rate: 4.1%.
- Inflation: 5.4%.
- Unemployment: 3.2% plus underemployment of perhaps 25%.
- Arable land: 13%.
- Agriculture: corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, beans, cotton, coffee, fruit, tomatoes; beef, poultry, dairy products; wood products.
- Labor force: 34.73 million; agriculture 20%, industry 24%, services 56% (1998).
- Industries: food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.
- Natural resources: petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber.
- Exports: $164.8 billion (f.o.b., 2003 est.): manufactured goods, oil and oil products, silver, fruits, vegetables, coffee, cotton.
- Imports: $168.9 billion (f.o.b., 2003 est.): metalworking machines, steel mill products, agricultural machinery, electrical equipment, car parts for assembly, repair parts for motor vehicles, aircraft, and aircraft parts.
- Major trading partners: U.S., Canada, Japan.

Communications:
- Telephones: main lines in use: 12.332 million (2000); mobile cellular: 2.02 million (1998).
- Radio broadcast stations: AM 851, FM 598, shortwave 16 (2000).
- Radios: 31 million (1997).
- Television broadcast stations: 236 (plus repeaters) (1997).
- Televisions: 25.6 million (1997).
- Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 51 (2000).
- Internet users: 3.5 million (2002).

Transportation:
mexico_city- Railways: total: 19,510 km (2002).
- Highways: total: 329,532 km; paved: 108,087 km (including 6,429 km of expressways); unpaved: 221,445 km (1999 est.).
- Waterways: 2,900 km navigable rivers and coastal canals.
- Ports and harbors: Acapulco, Altamira, Coatzacoalcos, Ensenada, Guaymas, La Paz, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, Mazatlan, Progreso, Salina Cruz, Tampico, Topolobampo, Tuxpan, Veracruz.
- Airports: 1,823 (2002).