Ciudad Juárez is a city in the north of the country in the state of Chihuahua, on the banks of the Bravo River.
With a population of 1,321,004 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010), it is the biggest city in the state and the eighth largest metropolitan area in Mexico.
Ciudad Juárez and El Paso together constitute the second biggest transnational metropolitan area of Mexico and the United States, with a current population of around 2.7 million people.
Originally called Paso del Norte, it received its current name in 1888 in honor of Benito Juárez, who sought refuge in the city during the second French intervention. Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua are two of Mexico's most historically significant cities.
Due to the large number of maquila companies in the city, it is one of the three (with Monterrey and Tijuana) most important industrial sites in northern Mexico.