Municipalities of Colima

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Municipalities of Colima

Colima is a state located in western Mexico. According to the 2015 Mexican Intercensal Survey, it is the state that has the smallest population with 711,235 inhabitants and is the fifth smallest by land area spanning 5,801.754 square kilometres (2,240.070 sq mi).[1][2] The state is divided into ten municipalities.[1]

Municipalities in Colima are administratively autonomous of the state according to the 115th article of the 1917 Constitution of Mexico.[3] The legal framework for Colima's municipalities is provided by Title VII of the state Constitution[4] and the 2001 Law of Free Municipalities in the State of Colima.[5] Every three years, citizens elect a municipal president (Spanish: presidente municipal) by a plurality voting system who heads a concurrently elected municipal council (ayuntamiento) responsible for providing all the public services for their constituents. The municipal council consists of a variable number of trustees and councillors (regidores y síndicos).[6] Municipalities are responsible for public services (such as water and sewerage), street lighting, public safety, traffic, supervision of slaughterhouses and the maintenance of public parks, gardens and cemeteries.[7] They may also assist the state and federal governments in education, emergency fire and medical services, environmental protection and maintenance of monuments and historical landmarks. Since 1984, they have had the power to collect property taxes and user fees, although more funds are obtained from the state and federal governments than from their own income.[7]

Article 88 of the state Constitution and Articles 11, 60 and 61 of the state's Law of Free Municipalities provide for the establishment of auxiliary authorities (autoridades auxiliares) to represent communities in the municipalities other than the municipal seat (cabecera).[4][5] These are elected by residents of the communities every three years, and are unipersonal except in rural communities with a population over 2,000 inhabitants, which elect boards (juntas) comprising a president, secretary and treasurer.[5][8] Auxiliary authorities serve as liaisons between local communities and the municipal government. They do not have executive powers[9] and do not constitute an independent level of local government.[4]

The largest municipality by population in Colima is Manzanillo, with 184,541 residents, and the smallest municipality is Ixtlahuacán with 5,527 residents.[1] The largest municipality by area is the municipality of Manzanillo which spans 1,361.291 km2 (525.597 sq mi), while Villa de Álvarez is the smallest at 288.694 km2 (111.465 sq mi).[2]


  State capital State capital

NameMunicipal seatPopulation
ChangeLand area [2]Population densityIncorporation date[12]
km2sq mi
ArmeríaCiudad de Armería29,59928,695+3.2%410.051158.32272.2/km2 (187.0/sq mi)June 3, 1967
ColimaColimaState capital150,673146,904+2.6%748.399288.958201.3/km2 (521.4/sq mi)June 21, 1823
ComalaComala21,54420,888+3.1%315.453121.79768.3/km2 (176.9/sq mi)August 15, 1823
CoquimatlánCoquimatlán20,19819,385+4.2%528.587204.08938.2/km2 (99.0/sq mi)July 13, 1867
CuauhtémocCuauhtémoc30,19827,107+11.4%413.380159.60773.1/km2 (189.2/sq mi)February 1, 1919
IxtlahuacánIxtlahuacán5,5275,300+4.3%376.078145.20514.7/km2 (38.1/sq mi)July 13, 1867
ManzanilloManzanillo184,541161,420+14.3%1,361.291525.597135.6/km2 (351.1/sq mi)June 20, 1873
MinatitlánMinatitlán8,9858,174+9.9%416.147160.67521.6/km2 (55.9/sq mi)August 17, 1912
TecománTecomán123,191112,726+9.3%943.674364.355130.5/km2 (338.1/sq mi)August 15, 1823
Villa de ÁlvarezVilla de Álvarez136,779119,956+14.0%288.694111.465473.8/km2 (1,227.1/sq mi)August 15, 1823
Colima711,235650,555+9.3%5,801.7542,240.070130.4/km2 (337.7/sq mi)
Mexico[13]119,938,473112,336,538+6.8%1,972,550761,61060.8/km2 (157.5/sq mi)


  1. ^ a b c d "Número de habitantes". INEGI. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Unidad de Microrregiones, Cédulas de Información Municipal (SCIM)" (in Spanish). SEDESOL. Retrieved November 18, 2017. 
  3. ^ Article 115, Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, 1917 (in Spanish). Retrieved on September 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Title VII, Constitución Política del Estado Libre y Soberano de Colima, November 25, 2017 (in Spanish). Retrieved on January 1, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Ley del Municipio Libre del Estado de Colima" (PDF) (in Spanish). Directorate of Legislative Processes, Colima State Congress. September 10, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2018. 
  6. ^ OECD (Nov 12, 2004). New Forms of Governance for Economic Development. OECD Publishing. p. 121. ISBN 9264015329. 
  7. ^ a b International Business Publications (2009). Mexico Company Laws and Regulations Handbook. p. 42. ISBN 1-4330-7030-8. 
  8. ^ Polo Martínez, Humberto (November 2012). Administración pública comunitaria y gobierno local en México: Las autoridades auxiliares municipales (PDF) (in Spanish). National Institute of Public Administration. p. 145. ISBN 978-607-9026-26-4. Retrieved January 1, 2018. 
  9. ^ Organización Democrática del Cabildo (PDF) (in Spanish). SEDESOL. 2010. p. 13. Retrieved January 1, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Tabulados de la Encuesta Intercensal 2015" (xls) (in Spanish). INEGI. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Localidades y su población por municipio según tamaño de localidad" (PDF) (in Spanish). INEGI. February 28, 2011. Retrieved July 15, 2017. 
  12. ^ Estado de Colima. División Territorial de 1810 a 1995 (PDF) (in Spanish). Mexico: INEGI. 1996. p. 67. ISBN 970-13-1491-3. 
  13. ^ "Población". INEGI. Retrieved January 20, 2018.