Sinaloa (Spanish pronunciation: [sinaˈloa] (listen)), officially the Estado Libre y Soberano de Sinaloa (English: Free and Sovereign State of Sinaloa), is one of the 31 states which, along with Mexico City, comprise the Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided into 18 municipalities and its capital city is Culiacán Rosales.

Free and Sovereign State of Sinaloa
Estado Libre y Soberano de Sinaloa (Spanish)
The Land of the 11 Rivers
Anthem: State of Sinaloa Anthem
State of Sinaloa within Mexico
Coordinates: 25°0′N 107°30′W
Country Mexico
Capital and Largest CityCuliacán
AdmissionOctober 14, 1830[1]
  GovernorQuirino Ordaz Coppel (PRI)
  Senators[2]Imelda Castro Castro
Rubén Rocha Moya
Mario Zamora Gastélum
  Total58,328 km2 (22,521 sq mi)
 Ranked 17th
Highest elevation
[5] (Cerro La Cueva Gacha)
2,815 m (9,236 ft)
  Density52/km2 (130/sq mi)
  Density rank18th
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Postal code
Area code
ISO 3166 codeMX-SIN
HDI 0.804 very high Ranked 5th
GDPUS$ 13,749,376,250 [a]
WebsiteOfficial Web Site
^ a. The state's GDP was $175,992,016 thousand of pesos in 2008,[7] amount corresponding to $13,749,376.25 thousand of dollars, being a dollar worth 12.80 pesos (value of June 3, 2010).[8]

It is located in Northwestern Mexico, and is bordered by the states of Sonora to the north, Chihuahua and Durango to the east (separated from them by the Sierra Madre Occidental) and Nayarit to the south. To the west, Sinaloa faces Baja California Sur across the Gulf of California. The state covers an area of 58,328 square kilometers (22,521 sq mi), and includes the Islands of Palmito Verde, Palmito de la Virgen, Altamura, Santa María, Saliaca, Macapule and San Ignacio. In addition to the capital city, the state's important cities include Mazatlán and Los Mochis.