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State of Coahuila
Location within Mexico
|• Total||149,982 km2 (57,908 sq mi)|
|• Total||2,495,200 (Ranked 17th)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|HDI (2004)||0.8284 - high
|Website||Coahuila State Government|
With an area of 151,563 square kilometres (58,519 sq mi), it is the nation's third-largest state. It comprises 38 municipalities (municipios). In 2010, Coahuila's population is 2,748,391 inhabitants.
The five largest cities in Coahuila are the state capital city of Saltillo; the second largest is Torreón, third largest is Monclova (a former state capital), fourth largest is Ciudad Acuña, and fifth largest is Piedras Negras.
The name Coahuila derives from native terms for the region, and has been known by variations such as Cuagüila and Cuauila. Some historians believe that this means “flying serpent”, “place of many trees”, or “place where serpents creep”.
The official name of the state is Coahuila de Zaragoza, in honor of General Ignacio Zaragoza.
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