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Terrain

High, rugged mountains; low coastal plains; high plateaus; desert.

Climate

Varies from tropical to desert.

People

Mestizo (Amerindian-Spanish) 60%, Amerindian or predominantly Amerindian 30%, white 9%, other 1%.

Religions

Roman Catholic 82.7%, Protestant 1.6%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.4%, other Evangelical Churches 5%, other 1.9%, none 4.7%, unspecified 2.7% (2000 census).

Economy

Mexico has a free market economy in the trillion dollar class. It contains a mixture of modern and outmoded industry and agriculture, increasingly dominated by the private sector.

Living Conditions

Per capita income is roughly one-third that of the US; income distribution remains highly unequal.

Government

Federal republic

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