Tepic

Tepic (Spanish pronunciation: [teˈpik] (listen)) is the capital and largest city of the western Mexican state of Nayarit, as well as the seat of the Tepic Municipality.

Tepic
City of Tepic
Top:Panoramic view of Tepic and Sangangüey Volcano, from Santiago Hills, Second:Tepic Cathedral, Al Niño Heroe monument in Juan Escutia Park, Independent Obelisk in Bicentenario Square, (left to right) Third:Tepic Government Palace, Fourth:A crucifix statue in Cruz Hills, Bottom:Tepic Institution Technology Center (Instituto Tecnológico de Tepic)
Location of Tepic municipality
Tepic
Location in Mexico
Tepic
Tepic (Mexico)
Coordinates: 21°30′30″N 104°53′35″W
Country Mexico
State Nayarit
MunicipalityTepic
FoundedNovember 18, 1531
Founded asVilla del Espíritu Santo de la Mayor España
Founded byNuño de Guzmán
Government
  MayorFrancisco Javier Castellón Fonseca
Elevation
920 m (3,020 ft)
Population
 (2010)
  City332,863
  Metro
489,511
  Metro density21,141/km2 (54,750/sq mi)
  Demonym
Tepicense
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST (Zona Pacífico))
  Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT (Zona Pacífico))
Websitewww.tepic.gob.mx

Located in the central part of the state, it stands at an altitude of 915 metres (3,002 ft) above sea level, on the banks of the Río Mololoa and the Río Tepic, approximately 225 kilometres (140 mi) north-west of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Nearby are the extinct Sangangüey volcano and its crater lake. Tepic is the primary urban center of this rich agricultural region; major crops include sugarcane, tobacco and citrus fruits.

The city was founded in 1531 as Villa del Espíritu Santo de la Mayor España.