Yucatán (state)

state of Mexico

Yucatán is a state in the east of Mexico. About 1,820,000 people live in Yucatán. Its capital is called Mérida.

State of Yucatán
Estado Libre y Soberano de Yucatán
Flag of State of Yucatán
Coat of arms of State of Yucatán
Location within Mexico
Location within Mexico
Coordinates: 20°50′N 89°00′W / 20.833°N 89.000°W / 20.833; -89.000
Country Mexico
 • GovernorMauricio Vila
 • Federal DeputiesPAN: 4
PRI: 1
 • Federal SenatorsBeatriz Zavala Peniche (PAN)
Alfredo Rodríguez (PAN)
Cleominio Zoreda (PRI)
 • Total38,402 km2 (14,827 sq mi)
 • Total1,818,948 (Ranked 21st)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
HDI (2004)0.7778 - medium
Ranked 19th
ISO 3166-2MX-YUC
Postal abbr.Yuc.

The state is on the Yucatán Peninsula. It has the state of Campeche to the southwest, and Quintana Roo to the southeast. The Gulf of Mexico is off its north coast.

The state was a very important region for the Mayan civilization. There are still some villages there with Mayan-descent people who speak the old language. There are also archaeological sites where Mayan remains are investigated.