Mexico City (CDMX) is located in central Mexico in the Valley of Mexico. It is the capital of Mexico and most populous city (8.8 million) in North America, accounting for 17% of Mexico’s GDP. The Metropolitan area of Greater Mexico City (including State of Mexico and Hidalgo) is home to 21.3 million and 26% of Mexico’s GDP.
Mexico City is one of the oldest capital cities and amongst the most important cultural and financial centres in the Americas.
Monterrey is the capital of the north-eastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon and is located 3 hours by road from the United States-Mexico border. It is the second largest economy and industrial infrastructure in Mexico, contributing to 7% of GDP. Monterrey is the third most populous metropolitan area home to 4.5 million.
It is one of the wealthiest and most “Americanised” cities in Mexico. Monterrey serves as the commercial centre for northern Mexico, and base of many MNCs, including headquarters of Multinational Mexican companies such as ALFA, Cemex, Grupo Bimbo and Grupo Femsa. It is also home to Tecnologico de Monterrey, founded in 1943, one of the top-ranked business schools in the region.
Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco in western Mexico, and is connected by modern highways to Mexico City and Mexico’s busiest port located in Manzanillo on Mexico’s pacific coast. Guadalajara is the third largest economy and industrial infrastructure in Mexico, contributing to 6% of GDP. Guadalajara is the 2nd most populous metropolitan area home to 4.7 million.
It is nicknamed the “Silicon Valley of Mexico”, and is Mexico’s main producer of software, electronic, and digital components. Its growth as an IT powerhouse is driven by 12 universities in Jalisco that produce 85,000 IT graduates a year.