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Uruapan is a city and municipality in the west-central part of the Mexican state of Michoacán. The city is the municipal seat of the municipality. The town and surroundings are world famous for the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary nearby. Uruapan is in the crossroads of Michoacan, and is the middle city anywhere in Michoacan in part because of the great quantity of avocado farming and packaging, exported in large parts to the United States, Japan and other countries. Uruapan is one of the oldest cities in Mexico. Its main natural attraction is the Cupatitzio River, because along its flow are tourist attractions. The National Park, Eduardo Ruiz, is home of "La Rodilla del Diablo", the source of the river which courses through the city and out toward "La Tzaráracua" and "La Tzararacuita", waterfalls on the southern outskirts of the city. It flows into the Presa Infernillo and eventually the Pacific Ocean. Paricutín volcano emerged in the vicinity in 1943, scaring away much of the population. As of the 2010 census, the population of the municipality was 315,379. The municipality has an area of 954.17 km². The city and the municipality are both the second-largest in the state, behind only the state capital of Morelia.
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