Located in the southeastern part of Mexico on the northern end of the Yucatan Peninsula is the state of Yucatan. Situated just north of Quintana Roo and overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the Yucatan has a budding population of 2.1 million and is 15,260 square miles in size.
In the Yucatan, the trades, such as agribusiness, textiles, apparel and the service industry, account for nearly 50% of the economy. Major state colleges in the Yucatan include Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán with a population of over 17,000 students, the Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana which has 18,000 undergraduates, and Instituto Tecnológico de Mérida.
The Yucatan has a lot of pre-Columbian influences as 800,000+ residents speak the indigenous Yucatec Maya language. Some of the Spanish spoken has origins in the Yucatec Maya language. There is also a significant Korean population in the state, which started in 1905 with their immigration here. There are approximately 30,000 Koreans descendants currently living in the Yucatan.
In the Yucatan, you’ll find delectable regional dishes like Poc Chuc and Xcatic, the Korean Immigration Memorial Museum to Yucatan and the St. Ildephonsus Cathedral – one of the oldest in the Americas.
The Yucatan is a very flat state with the exception of the Puuc hills located on the southern end of the state. The average high temperatures in the capital city of Merida and most of the Yucatan in the months of March through October are in the 90s. The coldest months of December, January and February have average lows in the mid-60s. The driest months are March and April and the overall annual rainfall averages about 40 inches per year.
The Yucatan real estate and rental market is booming with major cities now also enjoying the sprawl of the most populous city, Merida. Affordable subdivisions and affluent communities are being constructed in Conkal, Kanasín and Uman where an increase in population and interest is rising.
Home to over 2 million people, the Yucatan offers a diverse and unique culture influenced by the natives who have been in the area for over 10,000 years. Over a third of the state still speaks Yucatec Maya which is the indigenous language. Although the terrain is quite flat and the temperatures are in the 90s eight months out of the year, the beauty of the coast and the people makes the Yucatan a desirable place to call home.