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Iztapalapa is one of the Federal Districts of Mexico City’s 16 boroughs, located on the east side of the entity. The borough is named after and centered on the formerly independent municipality of Iztapalapa, which is officially called Iztapalapa de Cuitláhuac for disambiguation purposes. The rest is made up of a number of other communities which are governed by the city of Iztapalapa. With a population of 1.8 million as of 2010, Iztapalapa is the most populous borough of Mexico City, and it is also the most populous municipality in the country. Over 90% of its territory is urbanized. The borough transitioned from a rural area with some farms and canals as late as the 1970s, to an area with the only green areas in parks and almost all of its people employed in commerce, services and industry. This is the result of a large influx of people into the borough starting from the 1970s and which still continues. The area has a high level of socioeconomic marginalization, with a significant number of people lacking sufficient access to clean potable water. Crime is also a major problem, with much of it related to drug trafficking and poverty. However, the borough is home of one of Mexico City’s major cultural events, the annual Passion Play in which 450 borough residents participate and about 2 million attend as spectators.


Home to pretty treasures, Iztapalapa is Mexico's best kept secret. Iztapalapa is located at a short trip away from Mexico City a major city in Mexico. Take a short trip from Iztapalapa and set some time aside to explore the Mexico City. Dotted with places like Muse De Templo Mayor, Chapultepec Castle, Zocalo; it will definitely be a good idea. Also, to reach Iztapalapa, you'll have to take a flight to Mexico City; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. A vacation to Iztapalapa can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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Facts and Stats for Iztapalapa*

  • Pollution Statistics in Iztapalapa

    Know the pollution level of Iztapalapa before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 82.39 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 71.6 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 64.02 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 68.29 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 60.19 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 64.38 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 66.47 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 51.88 (Moderate)
  • Iztapalapa: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Iztapalapa for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Iztapalapa.

    • Burglary and Theft 59.28 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 75.48 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 78.92 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 87.55 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 65.04 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 67.68 (High)
    • Attacks 60.6 (High)
    • Drug offense 68 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 19.96 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50.58 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.79 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 73.61 (High)
  • Living in Iztapalapa - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Iztapalapa is 90.49 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 32.16 (Low)
    • Climate Index 92.37 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 84.26 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 51.61 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 36.06 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 64.46 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 16.17 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 48.99 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Iztapalapa

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Iztapalapa

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.17 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.07 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.82 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 42.87 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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