Ahumada Municipality

Ahumada is one of the 67 municipalities of Chihuahua, in northern Mexico. The municipal seat lies at Villa Ahumada. The municipality covers an area of 17,131.5 km².

Coat of arms of Ahumada
Coat of arms
Municipality of Ahumada in Chihuahua
Municipality of Ahumada in Chihuahua
Coordinates: 30°37′N 106°31′W / 30.617°N 106.517°W / 30.617; -106.517Coordinates: 30°37′N 106°31′W / 30.617°N 106.517°W / 30.617; -106.517
Country Mexico
Municipal seatVilla Ahumada
 • Total17,131.5 km2 (6,614.5 sq mi)
 • Total11,457

As of 2010, the municipality had a total population of 11,457,[1] down from 11,727 as of 2005.[2]

The municipality had 553 localities, the largest of which (with 2010 populations in parentheses) was: Villa Ahumada (8,575), classified as urban.[1]


Towns and villagesEdit

Name Population (2005)
Villa Ahumada 8,753
Moctezuma 129
Ojo Caliente 509
Álamos de Peña 326
Carrizal 102
Total Municipality 11,727

Villa AhumadaEdit

Villa Ahumada (officially Miguel Ahumada) is a town and seat of the municipality of Ahumada in the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico. It is located along Highway 45, about 130 km south of Ciudad Juárez and 247 km north of the city of Chihuahua. As of 2010, the town had a population of 8,575.[1]

The city has several roadside restaurants and burrito stands and is known for its good cheese.

Villa Ahumada entered the international news in 2008 when it was terrorized for several hours by an out of town gang. This was presumably part of the wave of drug-smuggling related violence in Mexico that resulted in about 4,000 deaths between early 2007 and mid-2008. At the night of May 19, 2008, dozens of men drove through town, firing assault rifles and killing the police chief, two police officers and three civilians, and abducting at least 10 people. The remaining policemen then left, and the state and federal governments sent troops to restore order. Officials did not offer a theory about the perpetrators. According to local rumors, the town's drug dealers had been aligned with police and were linked to the Juárez Cartel. After a local drug boss was killed and another arrested, a rival gang was possibly trying to take over the drug trade along the route from Ciudad Juárez to the state of Sinaloa.[3] A similar attack occurred on February 10, 2009, in which 9 people were apparently kidnapped and driven to a ranch near El Vergel. The Mexican military pursued the assailants and 21 people were killed in the shootout.[4]

A number of small mining districts are located in the hills around Villa Ahumada, and the area is noted for its crystal specimens of wulfenite and other minerals.[5]


Carrizal is a rural community located in Ahumada Municipality, Chihuahua, Mexico. It had a population of 102 inhabitants at the 2010 census,[6] and is situated at an elevation of 1,120 meters above sea level.

Carrizal, settled in the 18th century, was a presidio and civilian settlement, tasked to guard the route of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.


  1. ^ a b c "Ahumada". Catálogo de Localidades. Secretaría de Desarrollo Social (SEDESOL). Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Ahumada". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  3. ^ Drug Massacre Leaves a Mexican Town Terrorized, The New York Times, May 31, 2008
  4. ^ http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_11672249?source=most_emailed[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Geologic Reconnaissance of the Sierra Del Kilo, Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico; J. Alfredo Cervantes R.;Colorado State University, 1983 - 220 pages
  6. ^ Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (2010). "Principales resultados por localidad 2010 (ITER)".