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Mexican Federal District

(Federal District)

Other Mexican States
CapitalMexico City
Area1,479 km²
Ranked 32nd
(2000 census)
Ranked 2nd
Head of Govt
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD)
Federal Deputies (30) PRD = 27
PAN = 3
Federal SenatorsPAN = 1
PVEM = 1
PRD = 1
ISO 3166-2
Postal abbr.

The Mexican Federal District or Distrito Federal ("DF") is an area within the nation of Mexico that is not part of any of the States of Mexico, but is administered by the Mexican Federal Government. The core of the vast Mexico City conurbation is within the Federal District.

The state of Mexico borders the DF on three sides, with the state of Morelos to the more rural and mountainous south. The pear-shaped Federal District covers a surface area of 1,479 km², with a population of some 8,591,000 according to the year 2000 census.

For local government purposes, the DF is divided into 16 boroughs (delegaciones):

Álvaro Obregón, Azcapotzalco, Benito Juárez, Coyoacán, Cuajimalpa, Cuauhtémoc, Gustavo A. Madero, Iztacalco, Iztapalapa, Magdalena Contreras, Miguel Hidalgo, Milpa Alta, Tláhuac, Tlalpan, Venustiano Carranza, and Xochimilco.