Cd. Juárez is one of the most important border cities in Mexico and the only one that shares its borders with both Texas and New Mexico. The City holds a unique piece in the Mexico's history — having once served as the Capital of the Republic. Here, you’ll find a modern, multicultural city where the warm desert is reflected on the hearts of its people. Cultures mix in harmony, creating a dynamic and cosmopolitan city, full of kind, friendly and welcoming people.
Through hard work and determination, Cd. Juárez has turned its narrative around over the last two years through a combination of developments, including a drawdown of federal police and troops and new social programs launched by private business.
From quiet walks in downtown Cd. Juárez, listening to folktales of the city in the outdoors, living the adventure on Trepachanga Extreme Park, feeling the beauty of the Samalayuca Dunes, to discovering all our museums, gastronomy and living its famous nightlife, Cd. Juárez offers something for everyone.
- Misión de Guadalupe: Established by Fray Garcia de San Francisco in 1659, this is the first, still-standing, mission in the area built by the order of the Franciscans who began to evangelize indigenous populations.
- Dunas de Samalayuca: These sand dunes are known for being a habitat for many unique endemic species of plants and animals living in a rare ecosystem of the Samalayuca Desert.
- Museo de la Revolución en la Frontera (MUREF): Housed in the Old Customs House, the museum features multi-media exhibits on the Mexican Revolution and Cd. Juárez, including the railroad, and the roles of the politicians, writers and revolutionaries, such as Francisco Madero and Francisco “Pancho” Villa.
- Museo de Arte e Historia del INBA de Cd. Juárez: The Juárez Museum of Art, a unit of the National Institute of Fine Art, features Mexican art from different periods by both local and internationally renowned artists.
- La Rodadora Interactive Museum: La Rodadora, a children's museum, is one of the largest museums in Latin America, with over 120 interactive exhibits. It combines science, technology, art and culture in one place, making it a unique and different space. La Rodadora also has a 3D theater, a library, and a food court.
- Casinos: Visitors can try their luck at one of the casinos throughout the city.
Climate and Geography
Cd. Juárez, due to its location in the Chihuahuan Desert and high altitude, has a cold desert climate. Seasons are distinct, with hot summers, mild springs and autumns, and cold winters. The average temperature is 63° F, with annual high and low temperatures of 78.1° F and 47.38° F. Rainfall is scarce and greater in summer. Rainfall averages 8.677 inches per year. Snow falls occasionally occur (about four times a year), between November and March.
Quality of place defines the very soul of a successful community; the factors that go into it add up to the things that everyone wants in their communities including good schools, government, and worship.
There are 702 public primary and secondary schools in the municipality of Cd. Juárez, which are managed nationally by the Secretaria de Educación Pública. Additionally, there are 304 private schools in the region. Visit the regional website for more (In Spanish).
Cd. Juárez is governed by a municipal president and an eighteen-seat council. Currently, Javier Corral Jurado is the governor of the state of Chihuahua. He is a member of the Partido de Acción Nacional (PAN) or National Action Party. The current mayor of Cd. Juárez is Armando Cabada. The following are the City Council members, along with their Mexican party affiliation:
Pablo Arana Perez (Independent)
Jaqueline Armendariz Martinez (Independent)
Jose Guadalupe Avila Cuc (Independent)
Hiram Apolo Contreras Herrera (National Action Party)
Eduardo Fernandez Sigala (National Action Party)
Jose Alfredo Gonzalez Quintana (New Alliance)
Pedro Alberto Matus Peña (Labor Party)
Seidy Medina Galvan (Institutional Revolutionary Party)
Irma Celia Medrano Flores (Independent)
Janet Francis Mendoza Berber (National Regeneration Movement)
Maria del Carmen Moreno Chavez (National Action Party)
Margarita Edith Peña Perez (Independent)
Carlos Ponce Torres (Independent)
Martha Leticia Reyes Martinez (Independent)
Juana Reyes Espejo (Independent)
Laura Yanely Rodriguez Mireles (Green Party)
Alfredo Seañez Najera (Independent)
Laura Tapia Martinez (Institutional Revolutionary Party)
Jose Ubaldo Solis (Independent)
Maria del Rosario Valadez Aranda (Independent)
Religious diversity grew in Cd. Juárez over the last decade while the percentage of Catholics who in 2000 made up the 81.57 percent of the local population, according to information from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística Geografía e Informática (Inegi). In total, the Protestant and Evangelical churches in Cd. Juárez make up 13.4 percent of the population.
Today, there are an estimated 250,000 manufacturing employees in Cd. Juárez, working in over 220 manufacturing operations.
Cd. Juárez’s success remains critical to the region’s as a whole, with one in four jobs in El Paso relating directly to the maquilas and millions of retail dollars pouring north of the border annually. The Cd. Juárez/El Paso MSA is the largest bilingual, binational community on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Key Industries in this region
By virtue of its geographical position at the approximate mid-point along the two thousand mile U.S.-Mexico border, the city is well positioned to ship both eastward and westward. Trade between Mexico and the U.S. at Cd. Juárez is facilitated by the existence of four international ports of entry. This fact along with other critical site selection factors is why seventy Fortune 500 firms operate production facilities in Cd. Juarez.
Although the automotive and electrical products sectors are currently the largest Mexico manufacturing industries served by nearshore production plants in Cd. Juárez, the city currently houses well-developed appliance, industrial machinery, metalworking and transportation equipment manufacturing clusters.
And with Mexico already the world’s top destination for aerospace manufacturing investments, Cd. Juárez is positioned to capitalize on the burgeoning aerospace industry in New Mexico and Texas.
Equally important, maquilas are progressing into research and design phases of production, as competition from other low-cost locations grows and U.S. companies look to shift more sophisticated phases of manufacturing closer to home. More cooperative partnerships between the maquilas and higher learning institutes through organizations such as CONREDES are helping to ready Cd. Juárez’s workforce for this transition.
Current investors operating in Cd. Juárez include:
|InjectoClean, S.A.||Automobile Dealers/Rental/Supplies/Svs|
|Baker & McKenzie Abogados, S.C.Abogados, S.C.||Legal Services|
|Toulet, Gottfried, Davila Y Martinez, S.C.||Legal Services|
|Global Containers & Custom Packaging Inc.||Manufacturing|
|Intermex Chihuahua||Real Estate Developer|
|Parque Industrial Antonio J. Bermudez||Real Estate-Developer|
|Grupo de la Vega||Retail|
A vibrant economy depends on a skilled workforce ready to take on 21st-century jobs. The development of the huge manufacturing industry is attributed to the area’s large workforce in Mexico.
In addition to a favorable physical location and infrastructure for manufacturing and distribution, Cd. Juárez has a young, plentiful, educated and trained workforce that has fully acclimated to industrial culture over a period of many decades. More than ninety-seven percent of the population over the age of fifteen is literate. Students that choose to pursue higher education can choose between three public and two private universities that are located in the city.
Equally important, maquilas are progressing into research and design phases of production, as competition from other low-cost locations grows and U.S. companies look to shift more sophisticated phases of manufacturing closer to home. More cooperative partnerships between the maquilas and higher learning institutes through organizations such as CONREDES are helping to ready Cd. Juárez’s workforce as maquilas progress into the research and design phases of production.
The Autonomous University of Juarez has 24,000 students within engineering and technology programs accounting for upward of 5,000 graduates, biosciences more than 6,000 and social sciences around 8,000. Much of the R&D is concentrated on engineering-related fields like aerospace, biomedicine, and electronics.
Institutions of Higher Education
UACJ is a public institution, autonomous, with the mission to create, preserve and transmit knowledge; promote values that recognize: the identity and cultural diversity of the country; promotes equality, the free dissemination of ideas; the adoption of healthy habits and practices; civic, supportive and informed participation, in order to form internationally competitive professionals through quality educational programs; scientific research relevant to regional environment; consolidated academic bodies; infrastructure to facilitate access to knowledge and self-directed learning; permanent programs of cultural diffusion and socially responsible, inclusive, sustainable and free of violence certified organization.