Santa Inés Yatzeche

Santa Inés Yatzeche
Municipality and town
Santa Inés Yatzeche is located in Mexico
Santa Inés Yatzeche
Santa Inés Yatzeche
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 16°48′N 96°45′W / 16.800°N 96.750°W / 16.800; -96.750Coordinates: 16°48′N 96°45′W / 16.800°N 96.750°W / 16.800; -96.750
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
 • Total 11.48 km2 (4.43 sq mi)
 • Total 975
Time zone UTC-6 (Central Standard Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central Daylight Time)

Santa Inés Yatzeche is a town and municipality in Oaxaca in south-western Mexico. The municipality covers an area of 11.48 km² at an average elevation of 1,460 meters above sea level. It is part of the Zimatlán District of the Valles Centrales region.[1]

The community, which lies on the Atoyac River in the southern Valle Grande, has a long history. Archaeological studies have shown that it was a flourishing center for hundreds of years before the rise of Monte Albán around 500, when it suffered a loss of 75% of its population.[2]

The community is now relatively poor. As of 2000, only 7% of households earned more than twice the minimum wage. Most of the inhabitants, who speak Zapotec, had not completed six years of education. The villagers must travel to Zimatlán to sell produce, and to Oaxaca City to obtain wage-paying work.[3] As of 2005, the total population was 975, of whom 908 spoke an indigenous language, living in 210 homes. The climate is temperate and main economic activity is agriculture and livestock husbandry.[1]


  1. ^ a b "SANTA INÉS YATZECHE". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  2. ^ Richard E. Blanton; Stephen A. Kowalewski; Gary M. Feinman; Laura M. Finsten (1993). Ancient Mesoamerica: A Comparison of Change in Three Regions. Cambridge University Press. p. 91. ISBN 0-521-44606-6.
  3. ^ Jeffrey H. Cohen. "The Culture of Migration in Southern Mexico". University of Texas Press. Retrieved 2010-07-10.