- from Mexico
More than 21 million people live in Mexico City. That’s more than any other city in North or South America.
Mexico City doesn’t just have more people than any other city in Mexico. It has more of everything: more museums, sports arenas, art galleries, parks, TV stations, theaters, and jobs. It is the nation’s center for government, culture, industry, and transportation. Its size also causes some major headaches – more traffic and air pollution.
Mexico City is the nation’s capital, but how did it become so large? As modern farm machinery reduced the need for farmhands, many workers lost their jobs. Poverty became an everyday reality. Better-paying industrial jobs were available in Mexico City. Education was much better there, too.
People also came to Mexico City for its climate – warm but not hot. That’s because it’s in a valley in the high plateaus of central Mexico, about 7,500 feet above sea level.