Interactive Map of Oaxaca, Mexico
The state of Oaxaca is Mexico’s fifth largest state, with an area of 93,793 square kilometers (4.8% of the national total) and Mexico’s tenth most populous state, with 3.8 million inhabitants in 2010.
The state has considerable variety in terms of relief, climate and natural vegetation, and has about 570 km of shoreline bordering the Pacific Ocean. Oaxaca City, the centrally located state capital, is an important city for tourism as are three towns on the coast—Puerto Angel, Puerto Escondido and Huatulco.
The eastern part of Oaxaca state is part of the low-lying Isthmus of Tehuantepec, once considered as an alternative location to Panama for a trans-continental canal. In recent years, the Tehuantepec area has received massive investments in wind power, with several major wind farms already operational and more on the drawing board.
About one million inhabitants of Oaxaca—35% of the state’s total population—speak one or more indigenous language.
Oaxaca is in our Southern Mexico region, along with the states of Chiapas and Guerrero.