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The name Jiutepec comes from the nahuatl name "Xihutepetl". It has touristic areas like some balnearios. It has the hotel Ex-Hacienda de Cortez that is a hotel but it's the old Cortez's hacienda too, another interesting place is the hotel Sumiya that is a Japanese place you can visit. It has its zocalo (like a plaza) with a tower that has a clock, this zocalo is surrounded by trees and some stores, in front of it, is the old church. Here we have traditional parties during the year. So people sell traditional bread, beer, people dance the Chinelo Dance, some music, pyrothecnique games and some food like esquites, tamales, and stuff like that The city serves as the municipal seat for the surrounding municipality of the same name. Over recent decades Jiutepec has merged into neighbouring Cuernavaca so that on its northeasterly edges it forms one geographically contiguous urban area with the latter. The Cuernavaca metropolitan area not only includes these two municipalities, but also Temixco, Emiliano Zapata, Xochitepec, and Tepoztlan municipalities, for a total population of 787,556.
The city of Jiutepec had a population of 153,704 while the municipality reported 181,317 inhabitants in the census of 2005. The city and the municipality both rank second in population in the state, behind only the city and municipality of Cuernavaca. The municipality has an area of 70.45 km2 (27.2 sq mi); its largest community besides Jiutepec is the town of Progreso.
The cement industry is an important part of the local economy of Jiutepec and its neighbouring municipalities and visitors and residents that live very close to the mine often complain of the high level of dust particles in the atmosphere.