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Colima Demographics


Colima Mexico Volcano of Fire
Colima Volcano of Fire

A branch of the southern Sierra Madre mountain range runs through three-quarters of the state creating a region of hills and mountains. Two volcanoes, one active and one dormant dominate the landscape near the capital city of Colima. Two major rivers flow through the state.

Colima's two volcano peaks are Nevado de Colima (4,330 meters, 14,206 feet), which is the oldest and is inactive. Five km, 3 miles, to the north is a younger and very active 3,860 meters, 12,664 foot, Volcán de Colima. On the younger volcano you can see a history of flows running down the sides of the mountain. Estimates are that the younger volcano has been active for about five million years, since the Pleistocene era. Approximately 300,000 people live within 40 km, 25 miles, of the volcano. Because it is situated in a densely populated area, it has been designated as a 'Decade Volcano', and singled out for special international study.

The Marabasco-Cihuatlán and Coahuayana rivers form the border between Jalisco and Michoacán and the Armería River that originates in Jalisco travels 183 miles (294 kilometers) south before reaching Boca de Pascuales in the municipality of Armería, Colima.

Population, Ethnic Groups, Languages

Colima had a total population of 542,627 in 2000; of the total, 268,192 (49%) were men and 274,435 (51%) were women. The population density was 96 people per square kilometer (249 people per square mile). In 2000, the capital, Colima, had a population of 129,454. Almost all the residents speak Spanish, with less than 1% speaking one of the Amerindian languages.


According to the 2000 census, 78% of the population, or 425,954 people, were Roman Catholic; just 2%, or 13,214 people, were Protestant. That year there were also 5,185 Jehovah's Witnesses, and nearly 12,000 people who reported no religion.


Cuisine Cuisine

Bordering on the Pacific Ocean, and nestled up against Jalisco and Michoacan, the small state of Colima enjoys the best of both culinary worlds: the ocean's bounty of fresh seafood, and the typical ranch dishes of western Mexico. In addition, Colima boasts a legacy of over 3,000 years of continuous civilization, and the attendant deeply-rooted food traditions that go with this heritage.


First inhabited by a group of Olmec people, Colima was also home to Nahuatl, Toltec and Chichimec cultures before being dominated by Tarascans, the principal culture when the Spaniards arrived during Cortes' Pacific campaign, beginning in 1522. The shaft tombs and artistically crafted pottery, known as Colima ceramics, are evidence of a rich and flourishing culture. The famous perros cebados, the ancient, round little clay dogs are discovered in abundance in the area.


Because of its nearly 100-mile (160 kilometer) coastline the state is endowed with a wealth of beaches ranging from pebbles to powdery white and black volcanic sand. Mira Mar Beach
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