Welcome to Agua Prieta, Mexico!
Agua Prieta is a smaller community
of about 110,000 people resting on a high mesa of the famed Sonoran desert.
Agua Prieta is 60 miles south of Douglas, Arizona on the US - Mexico
international border. Growth is stabile. Agua Prietas' sister city in the
US is Douglas, Arizona, which has 14,975 inhabitants. Cochise Country holds
Sonora is the second largest state
in Mexico and is located in the northwestern region of the country. It
shares 365 miles of border with Arizona and New Mexico. In addition, Sonora
has a 746 mile coastline on the Gulf of California. The state's population
is 1.9 million and growing. Hermosillo is its Capital with a population of
650,000, site of a very large Ford Motor Company plant.
Agua Prieta's terrain is that of
high desert, altitude of 3,800 feet. Most memorable icon of the region
is the elegant saguaro cactus resembling a set of stovepipes. The community
is predominantly an agricultural one, with stable families that have lived
there for many generations. Agua Prieta experiences frequent heavy rains of
short durations, in the mid-summer, which flash floods low-lying areas.
Maquiladoras in Agua Prieta grew from businesses in Phoenix and Tucson seeking
low labor costs for assembly and sewing operations. Currently the State of
Sonora actively markets the region for new maquilas, in hopes of diversifying
the economy beyond agriculture. Agua Prieta's 33 maquilas employ a total of
Proximity to US cities
Once crossed over the border, trucks
must travel an additional 50 miles to the nearest US Interstate going east
to I-10 or 71 miles going west to I-10, then: 147 miles to Tucson, Arizona;
325 miles to El Paso, Texas; 553 miles to San Diego, California; 629 miles
to Los Angeles, California; 878 miles to Laredo, Texas; and 1200 miles to