High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Xalapa-Enríquez, commonly Xalapa or Jalapa is the capital city of the Mexican state of Veracruz and the name of the surrounding municipality. IN the year 2005 census the city reported a population of 387,879 and the municipality of which it serves as municipal seat reported a population of 413,136. THe municipality has an area of 118.45 km². XAlapa lies near the geographic center of the state and is the second-largest city in the state after the city of Veracruz. XAlapa comes from the Nahuatl roots xal-li "sand" and a-pan "water place", which approximately means "spring in the sand."