Ciudad Juarez Tourism, Mexico

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Ciudad Juárez (Spanish pronunciation: [sjuˈðað ˈxwaɾes], /ˈwɑːrɛz/ WHAH-rez; Juarez City) is a city in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Commonly referred to by locals as simply Juárez, and known as Paso del Norte (Pass of the North) until 1888, Juárez is the seat of the municipality of Juárez with an estimated population of 1.5 million people. The city lies on the Rio Grande (Río Bravo del Norte), south of El Paso, Texas. Together with the surrounding areas the cities form El Paso–Juárez, the second largest bi-national metropolitan area on the Mexico–United States border (after San Diego–Tijuana), with a combined population of over 2.7 million people. Strategically placed on the Mexico–United States border, Ciudad Juárez has long been a center of illegal drug trafficking. The Juárez Cartel's long-standing control over the city's trafficking activities was challenged in 2007 by its former ally the Sinaloa Cartel, leading to an exceptionally bloody turf war. In the period from 2008 to 2012, violence between the two reached unprecedented heights as the city became known as "the most dangerous place on Earth". At the very height of the conflict, in 2010, there were an average 8.5 to 20 homicides (for a total of 3,766) and eight kidnappings per day. By 2012, the Sinaloa cartel had decisively gained the upper hand and violence declined sharply as a result. As of 2015 and 2016, perceptions of the city are much more positive. While killings do still occur, they do so at a much lower rate that is comparable to or lower than that in many American cities. There are four international ports of entry connecting Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, including the Bridge of the Americas, Ysleta International Bridge, Paso del Norte Bridge and Stanton Street Bridge. These combined allowed 22,958,472 crossings in 2008, making Ciudad Juárez a major point of entry and transportation into the U.S. for all of central northern Mexico. The city has a growing industrial center which is made up in large part by more than 300 maquiladoras (assembly plants) located in and around the city. According to a 2007 New York Times article, Ciudad Juárez "is now absorbing more new industrial real estate space than any other North American city." In 2008, fDi Magazine designated Ciudad Juárez "The City of the Future."

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Facts and Stats for Ciudad Juarez*

  • Pollution Statistics in Ciudad Juarez

    Know the pollution level of Ciudad Juarez before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 66.67 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 75 (High)
  • Ciudad Juarez: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Ciudad Juarez for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Ciudad Juarez.

    • Burglary and Theft 61.36 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 69.32 (High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 78.13 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 76.14 (High)
    • Car Stealing 68.48 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 79.35 (High)
    • Attacks 65.91 (High)
    • Drug offense 83.33 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 15.63 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 48.91 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 35.87 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 68.48 (High)
  • Living in Ciudad Juarez - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Ciudad Juarez is 129.09 (High)

    • Safety Index 32.21 (Low)
    • Climate Index 72.45 (High)
    • Pollution Index 60.92 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 26.67 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 34.28 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 50 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.45 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 74.16 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Ciudad Juarez

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Ciudad Juarez

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.7 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.92 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 58.03 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 38.98 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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