Ameca, Jalisco
Ameca is a city
A city is a relatively large and permanent settlement. Although there is no agreement on how a city is distinguished from a town within general English language meanings, many cities have a particular administrative, legal, or historical status based on local law.For example, in the U.S...

 and municipality
Municipalities of Jalisco
The Mexican state of Jalisco is divided into125 municipalities...

, in Jalisco
Jalisco officially Estado Libre y Soberano de Jalisco is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is located in Western Mexico and divided in 125 municipalities and its capital city is Guadalajara.It is one of the more important states...

 in central-western Mexico
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. The municipality covers an area of 685.73 km². The city is bisected by the Ameca River
Ameca River
The Río Ameca is a river of some 230 km in length in western Mexico.It rises in the Bosque de la Primavera in Jalisco, 23 km to the west of state capital Guadalajara; flows through the city of Ameca; and then forms the boundary between Jalisco and Nayarit on its way to the Pacific Ocean, where it...

 which drains to the Pacific Ocean
Pacific Ocean
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 near Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican balneario resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas.The 2010 census reported Puerto Vallarta's population as 255,725 making it the sixth-largest city in the state of Jalisco...


The city is also the seat and largest city of the federal sub-division Región Valles
Región Valles
Región Valles is a federal sub-division of the Mexican state of Jalisco, for which the seat is Ameca, it is also the largest city in the sub-division. The region counts with 14 municipalities. The region was named after the unique valleys of central Jalisco....

, which compromises the municipalities situated on the central valleys of Jalisco.

As of 2010, the municipality had a total population of 57,340; and the city had a population of 36,156.
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