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Durango, formally Victoria de Durango, is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Durango, located at 24°01'N 104°40'W? / ?24.017, -104.667. It stands at an altitude of 1890 m.
The city was founded in 1563. In the Spanish colonial era it was the capital of the Nueva Vizcaya province of New Spain, which included the present day states of Durango and Chihuahua.
In the 2005 census the city had a population of 463,830 people. Its surrounding municipality of the same name, of which it serves as municipal seat, had a population of 526,659. The municipality has a relatively large land area of 10,041 km2 (3,877 sq mi) and includes such outlying communities as El Nayar and Cinco de Mayo.