10 Interesting Facts about Mexico City you may not know
The city known as Mexico City was founded as Tenochtitlan by the Aztecs in 1325 which is one of the oldest cities of America and it was recognized and preserved by the Spanish Crown in 16th century, and afterwards named as Mexico City.
Mexico City is simply autonomous world in itself as it has everything you could possibly ever need or want, as well as everything you would never ever need or want. The city may leave you breathless with its wonderful secrets and astonishing facts. So here we have gathered top 10 interesting facts about Mexico city that you many not know:
- The official name of Mexico is Estados Únidos Mexicanos and Mexico is the 14th largest country in the world, geographically, and the world’s 11th most populated country.
- 60% of Mexico’s population is made up of Mestizos – a mixture of North American and European blood and Over 60 indigenous languages are spoken in Mexico. Only India has more native languages.
- More than 4-5 million people use the metro every day. The city is so big and the traffic is so bad that the super rich have taken to using helicopters to get from one place to another, you can often see them landing on the tops of buildings. Taxis in Mexico City are as distinct as those found in New York, painted red and gold and green ‘Hippie’ vans are used as local buses throughout the city. Avenida de los Insurgents is one of the longest avenues in the world. Mexico City International Airport is Latin America’s largest and busiest airport.
- For many years, Latin America’s deep-rooted ties to the Roman Catholic Church meant much of the region tended to take a more conservative tack when it came to homosexuality. But that’s started to shift in recent years, and Mexico City has been at the forefront. Same sex marriage is legal there, so is adoption by same-sex couples. And the city has marketed itself as a destination for gay and lesbian tourists. In 2010, the city offered a free honeymoon to Latin America’s first gay couple wedding.
- The Mexico City was built on a lake, it’s hard to imagine now, but much of the sprawling concrete jungle that now makes up Mexico City was once a large lake.
- Mexico City is the 8th richest city in the world and also the richest city in Latin America. Mexico City is home to the world’s richest man, Carlos Slim.
- In the years 2000 – 2004 an average of 478 crimes were reported daily. The actual crime rate was thought to be higher at that time, but most of people do not report crime. Mexico City has one of the highest police to resident ratios in the world. There is said to be one police officer for every 100 residents. Recently, Mexico City has seen a huge decrease in crime rates, it is said to now to be safer than cities such as Moscow or Washington DC.
- Bullfighting is the Mexico’s national sport.
- Over 50 native tongues are still spoken in rural locations; Spanish is the national language of Mexico. In fact, Mexico is the most populated Spanish-speaking country in the world.
- Mexico’s flag is made up three vertical stripes. The left green stripe stand for hope, the middle white stripe represents purity, and the right red stripe represents the blood of the Mexican people. The picture of an eagle eating a snake is based on an Aztec legend .