As of 2010, the town of Acapetahua had a population of 6,194. Other than the town of Acapetahua, the municipality had 272 localities, the largest of which (with 2010 populations in parentheses) were: Soconusco (2,502), classified as urban, and Consuelo Ulapa (1,937), El Arenal (1,157), and Jiquilpan (Estación Bonanza) (1,119), classified as rural.
The precise date that the town was founded is unknown. However, it existed well before the Spanish conquered the continent. In 1524, Pedro de Alvarado conquered the region known as Soconusco, In 1526 the region formed part of the Spanish colonization and in 1529 was annexed to México. In 1774 it was formed as part of the town of Escuintla. In 1861, it had more than 100 inhabitants. On November 10, 1947, César A. Lara, governor of the state, declared it an official municipality.
The municipality is known for its avocado production.
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- “Principales resultados por localidad 2005 (ITER)”. INEGI. Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2008.