Mérida (T'hó' or Ichkanzihóo in Modern Maya) is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Yucatán and the Yucatán Peninsula. It is located in the northwest part of the state, about 35 km (22 miles) from the Gulf of Mexico coast. The city is also the municipal seat of the Municipality of Mérida, which includes the city and the areas around it. According to the 2005 census, the population of Mérida was 734,153, ranking 12th among the most populous Mexican metropolitan areas.
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