- Veracruz is the name of both a state in Mexico and that state's largest city. This article is about the state. For the city, see Veracruz, Veracruz. For other uses, see Veracruz (disambiguation).
|Estado de Veracruz|
|Fidel Herrera Beltrán (PRI)|
|Federal Deputies||PRI: 14|
|Federal Senators||PRI: 2|
It is located in the eastern part of the country, between 17°10' and 22°38' North and between 93°55' and 98°38' West. It has a mainland area of 72,815 km² and includes several islands in the Gulf of Mexico totalling another 58 km².
Veracruz borders the states of Tamaulipas to the north, Oaxaca and Chiapas to the south, Tabasco to the southeast, Puebla, Hidalgo, and San Luis Potosi to the west, and the Gulf of Mexico to the east. Its capital is Xalapa. With 6.9 million inhabitants, the state of Veracruz is the third most populous in the nation, after the Federal District and the state of México.
On the coastal plains and throughout most of the state, the climate is hot and humid. On the foothills of the mountains, the climate is cool and humid. The climate only becomes cold in the mountain regions, where it also rains copiously. From June to October, Veracruz is affected by hurricanes.
- Coatepec: A colonial city in the heart of coffee country.
- Tlacotalpan: A river port and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Veracruz: A major port on the Gulf of Mexico and the state's biggest city.
- Xalapa: The state capital.