Pop Quiz: Mexico

Mexico, our neighbor to the south, is one of the most populous countries in the world. And, did you know it was once home to one of the earliest great civilizations of Mesoamerica, the Olmecs? Take our Mexico population quiz to learn more!

1. In 2016 Mexico’s population was 129 million. What is Mexico’s population projected to be in 2050?

A. 147 million
B. 163 million
C. 175 million
D. 1 billion

2. Mexico is shares a border with the United States, how many miles does the border span?

A. 550 miles
B. 760 miles
C. 1,300 miles
D. 1,960 miles

3. What does Mexico’s population pyramid suggest about its population?

Mexico's population pyramid

A. Mexico’s population has been and continues to grow quickly.
B. Mexico’s population has been growing quickly but it is beginning to slow.
C. Mexico’s population has been decreasing steadily.
D. Mexico’s population is stable.

4. True or False: In 2016, Mexico was among the world’s top ten most populous countries.

A. True
B. False

5. In 1960 Mexico’s fertility rate, or the average number of children born to a woman during her lifetime, was 6.8. What is Mexico’s fertility rate today?

A. 2.2
B. 2.3
C. 2.7
D. 3.1

6. True or False: Mexico is the most populous Spanish speaking country in the world.

A. True
B. False

7. What percentage of married women in Mexico are using some method of contraceptive?

A. 5%
B. 25%
C. 53%
D. 73%

8. Mexico is nearly three times as large as Texas, what percent of its land does it devote to agricultural use?

A. 46%
B. 55%
C. 76%
D. 83%

9. Mexico is the second largest electricity producer in Latin America. In 2011-2012 Mexico implemented a Sustainable Light program in which it replaced _____ million incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or “energy-saving” blubs for free.

A. 10.9
B. 19.9
C. 22.9
D. 100.9

10. Roughly 33% of Mexico is forested. The Lacandon Jungle is the largest montane rainforest in North America and one of the last remaining habitats large enough to support _____.

A. Jaguars
B. Tigers
C. Lions
D. Cheetahs


1. B – Mexico’s population is projected to increase to 163 million by 2050.
2. D – 1,960 miles.
3. C – Mexico’s population has been decreasing steadily.
4. A – True, Mexico was the tenth most populous country (China, India, United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia, Mexico) in 2016.
5. B – Mexico’s current fertility rate is 2.3 children per woman. The TFR is down from 6.3 in 1960. This is in part because of a contraception campaign launched in the 1960’s which replaced the previous nation-building policy.
6. A – True, Mexico is the most populous Spanish speaking country in the world.
7. D – 73% of Mexican women are using some form of contraception.
8. B – 55% of land in Mexico is agricultural land of which arable land makes up 11.8%; permanent crops 1.4%; permanent pasture 41.7%.
9. C – Mexico’s Sustainable Light program replaced 22.9 million incandescent light bulbs with CLFs. This earned Mexico a Guinness World Record for largest give-away of free energy-saving light bulbs.
10. A – The Lacandon Jungle is one of the last remaining habitats for jaguars