Coacalco de Berriozábal

Coacalco de Berriozábal (also known as Coacalco) is a city and municipality located in the State of Mexico, Mexico.

Its name comes from the Nahuatl, Coa-coatl (snake), cal-calli (home) and -co (at), meaning “at the house of the snake”, and was first recorded in 1320.

The municipality lies in the Greater Mexico City conurbation, and it is located next to the northern tip of the Mexico City. The official name of its municipal seat is San Francisco Coacalco, and the municipality is named after Felipe Berriozábal.


Coacalco de Berriozábal forms part of the Valley of Mexico. It is located the site of what was once the city-state Xaltocan.

Between 850 and 1521, the municipality was inhabited by the Toltec people.

In the 18th and 19th centuries the principal economic activities were agriculture, husbandry and salt collection.

On 12 February 1862, the then-governor of the state, General Felipe de Berriozábal signed the order declaring the city to be an independent municipality, ending 343 years of dependency on the municipality Ecatepec.


Coacalco’s economy has changed in the last thirty years. It switched from being primarily agricultural and rural to an urban industrial area. At present, the municipality is one of the principal commercial districts of the north of the Metropolitan Area. Coacalco has raised the quality of life of the population including health, education and entertainment services.


Located next to Mexico City, Coacalco’s population has increased by more than 100,000 in the last decade.

In 2005, the city had a population of 252,555 people, and in 2010 the population grew to 278,064 inhabitants.

According to the 2005 Human Development Index (HDI) in Mexico, Coacalco was ranked ten in the best places to live in the country.

Tourist Assistance + Emergency Numbers

You can dial 078 from any phone, where you can find free information about tourist attractions, airports, travel agencies, car rental companies, embassies and consulates, fairs and exhibitions, hotels, hospitals, financial services, migratory and other issues.

Or dial the toll-free (in Mexico) number 01-800-006-8839.

You can also request information to the email


General Information: 040 (not free)

SNational Emergency Service: 911

Radio Patrols: 066
Police (Emergency): 060
Civil Protection: +52(55)5683-2222
Anonymous Complaint: 089

Setravi (Transport Mobility): +52(55)5209-9913
Road Emergency: 074

Cruz Roja: 065 o +52(55)5557-5757
Firefighters: 068 o +52(55)5768-3700

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