San Juan del Río
|San Juan del Río|
Partial view of San Juan del Río (taken from "Cerro Gordo" hill).
|• Municipal president||Guillermo Vega Guerrero (|
|• Total||799.9 km2 (308.8 sq mi)|
|• Total||241,699 (city); 305,000 (municipality)|
San Juan del Río is a city (2010 census pop. 241,699) and administrative seat of the surrounding
Both the city and municipality have the second-highest population in the state. The municipality has an area of 799.9 km2 (308.8 sq mi).
It is on the country's central plateau (altiplano), 50 km (31 mi) southeast of state capital, Santiago de Querétaro, at and an elevation of 1922 m. Famous for its opals, mined at nearby La Trinidad, it is also an agricultural center (corn, wheat, sugarcane, beans, alfalfa, fruit, and livestock) and has some light industry. A number of wineries are also located in the vicinity.
The city was founded on the Feast of