Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that’s known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. In Mexico our Volunteerbuild teams build homes for families living in the southern colonias of Tijuana, as well as feeding the homeless and visiting the forgotten in prison.
|Border Countries||USA, Guatemala, Belize|
|Capital City||Mexico City|
|Language||Spanish only 92.7%, Spanish and indigenous languages 5.7%, indigenous only 0.8%, unspecified 0.8%|
|Religion||Roman Catholic 82.7%, Pentecostal 1.6%, Jehovah’s Witness 1.4%, other Evangelical Churches 5%, other 1.9%, none 4.7%, unspecified 2.7% (2010 est.)|
|Type of Government||Federal Presidential Republic|
|% living in poverty||Poverty headcount ratio at national poverty lines (% of population) 53.2%
Population living on less than $10 per day: 73.2%
|Life Expectancy||77 years|
|Infectious Diseases||Food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea and hepatitis A
Vectorborne disease: dengue fever
|Top Killers||Diabetes, Heart Disease|
|Literacy||Adult Literacy (over 15 years) 94.4%|
|Natural Resources||Petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, timber|
|Main Industry/Export||Agriculture: Corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, beans, cotton, coffee, fruit, tomatoes; beef, poultry, dairy products; wood products.
Industry: Food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, iron and steel, petroleum, mining, textiles, clothing, motor vehicles, consumer durables, tourism.