Welcome to Tijuana, Mexico!
Tijuana is a sprawling metropolis
of over 1.5 million people, located 17 miles from San Diego across the
US - Mexico international border. Growth is excessively rapid, at about
7% per year, accelerated by legendary illegal immigration into Southern
California. The city has become the television manufacturing capital of
the world as well as important electronics cluster, and is becoming
increasingly attractive to industries needing to adapt quickly to
market conditions. In 2000, the median income was reported at $9,812 per year.
Baja California Norte, or BCN,
encompasses the northern half of Mexico's Baja peninsula. It is a region
that depends largely upon its industrial base, commerce, fishing, agriculture,
and of course a booming tourist trade. Major cities include Tijuana, Tecate
the state capital, Mexicali, and the Pacific seaside city of Ensenada. The
bulk of the migration by illegal immigrants comes not from Baja, but rather
from Central America and the interior of Mexico following a centuries old
trading route north along the eastern side of the Golfo de California,
in the Mexican State of Sonora.
Westernmost border state of Mexico,
possesses long and mostly beautiful Pacific coastline. Tijuana sits in its
northwestern corner, along the Pacific Ocean and the US Border. Tijuana
communicates with the rest of Mexico through Highway #2. It's proximity to San
Diego enable immediate access to the State of California and North America.
Best known as corridor for transport
and trade north and south across California. Massive tourist traffic south
from the US; unchecked illegal immigration seeking jobs in San Diego and Los
Angeles north. Oceanside resorts and fishing villages dot its western and
Maquiladoras grew from smaller assembly shops that were established by
California based businesses. Tijuana has the largest number of maquilas,
but they employ relatively few workers in each. Maquila growth was fueled
in the early 1980's by Silicon Valley based computer and electronics assemblers,
and the late 1980's by Japanese, then Korean, television and electronics
Proximity to US cities
Once crossed over the 32 - lane San
Ysidro International Crossing into Southern California: 15 miles north
to San Diego and port facilities; 85 miles north to Los Angeles on I-5; and
733 miles east to El Paso, Texas and mid-point of the border.