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How many states are there in Mexico? Ever wonder?


Just like you shouldn’t fall into the trap of thinking anyone who is a native Spanish-speaker is from Mexico, you shouldn’t fall into the trap of thinking Mexico is one big state. Mexico is about one-fifth the size of the US or put another way, roughly 3x the size of Texas. It is the 11th most populous country in the world.


To answer the question – there are 31 states in Mexico + one distrito federal.


Here is a list of all the United States of Mexico along with some interesting info:

  • Aguascalientes :: Literally means “hot waters”
  • Baja California :: Below California… which is very apt
  • Baja California Sur
  • Campeche
  • Chiapas
  • Chihuahua :: yes – like the doggie.
  • Coahuila de Zaragoza
  • Colima
  • Distrito Federal :: a pair of Spanish Twins
  • Durango
  • Guanajuato
  • Guerrero :: Literally means Warrior; no wonder there is violence.
  • Hidalgo
  • Jalisco :: Home of Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta
  • Mexico
  • Morelos
  • Michoacan de Ocampo
  • Nayarit
  • Nuevo Leon :: New Lion
  • Oaxaca
  • Puebla
  • Queretaro de Arteaga
  • Quintana Roo :: Home of Cancún
  • San Luis Potosi
  • Sinaloa
  • Sonora
  • Tabasco :: Just like the sauce
  • Tamaulipas
  • Tlaxcala
  • Veracruz-Llave :: Literally “See Cross-Key”
  • Yucatan
  • Zacatecas



If you want to build a relationship with some native Mexicans, ask them:


¿De dónde eres?

(day DOHN-day AY-rays)

Where you from?



Want to be interesting? Be interested.



Bradley Hartmann is founder and el presidente at Red Angle (, a Spanish language training firm focused on the construction industry. He’s a big fan of of Mexico. His new book, Spanish Twins, is available for purchase at



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  1. Hola, tu sitio esta genia, gracias por compartir esto


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