A border town sitting south of California, Tijuana is the largest city in the Mexico on the Baja California Peninsula. One of the fastest growing cities and the largest, it has a strong influence on local economics, culture, art, education and politics. Tijuana has global city status and as of 2015, it had a population of about the 1,641,570 mark. More than 50 million people cross the border between Tijuana and its sister city of San Diego every year (think about 300,000 daily) making it the most visited border city in the world. This is no little city with its bustling main street that is lined with bars and souvenir shops and now coworking spaces are juxtaposed amidst the mayhem.
Tijuana is often referred to as "T.J." and nicknamed "The Gateway to Mexico". Its historic heart has been a tourist center from as far back as in the 1880s. The city was actually founded in 1889 when its urban development began. A growing cultural center, it also maintains facilities for many multinational conglomerate companies. Early in the 21st Century it became the medical-device manufacturing capital of North America.
With its eclectic and boisterous vibe, Tijuana sits in the country that is the 5th biggest Facebook user in the world with one third of its population under the age of 25. Mexico is one of Latin America's up-and-coming tech giants receiving significant capital; think almost a quarter of all of the venture capital funds in Latin America in 2017, to grow its tech ecosystem. It has been an entry point and huge market for global tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Uber. It was the first country in Latin America to pass a law to regulate fintech, thereby preventing money laundering and corruption. This is a city that will suck you in and now that coworking venues have appeared, it may be hard to leave.
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