Mexicali: Prosperous, safe and business friendly
A competitive newcomer among Maquiladoras, Mexicali is a city of almost 1 million people, with an annual growth rate of 4.9%. Its residents enjoy among the highest urban standards of living in Mexico, largely because of its vibrant, diversified economy. In addition to being the state capital of Baja California, the region’s canal linkage to the Colorado River has created one of the most productive agricultural regions in Mexico.
But more recently, prosperity has multiplied as Mexicali has lured major facilities from global companies such as Nissan, Honeywell, Mitsubishi, Kenworth, Bosch, Goodrich, LG, Rockwell Collins, Gulfstream, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Nestlé, Price Pfister, Selther, Paccar, Vitro, Skyworks Solutions, CareFusion, Gulfstream, Jumex, Bimbo, and Sabritas. Driven by proximity to U.S. markets, Mexicali offers a strong, stable economy with pillar industry employment including:
- Metal/mechanical: 32,000
- Electronic: 22,000
- Automotive: 9,000
- Aerospace: 8,000
Mexicali ranks among Mexico’s top 4 cities for direct foreign investment in the aerospace and food/tobacco industries. And though Mexicali compares favorably to other locations, land and construction costs are lower here than at most maquiladoras. Land costs are less than one-third of those directly to the west in Tijuana.
Mexicali is on average one of the most prosperous, safest large cities in Mexico, removed from narcotics trafficking routes that have increased crime in other border manufacturing centers such as Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez. Its culturally diverse population not only welcomes Americans, but itself contains Mexico’s highest concentration of residents of Chinese descent.
American professionals working in Mexicali enjoy expatriate benefits such as lower taxes and cost of living. Baja California offers not only Sunbelt sunshine, but enticements including surfing or snowboarding (in the same day); Colorado River water sports; snorkeling and diving in the crystalline Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean; and desert thrills such as off-road vehicle riding and racing. American expats are happy here, which helps make them effective, productive workers.