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Mexican Cities/American Cities


Mexican Cities/American Cities

17 August 2006 People & Interviews 25

The Working Gringos have been traveling in the Estados Unidos for the last week, taking care of family and other business. We are poised on the border, getting ready to cross back into Mexico tomorrow morning.

As we sit here, balanced between two homelands, we have been playing this game of comparing places in the U.S. with places in Mexico. Here's our first take on a list of Mexican cities as compared to American cities. Join us and play along!!

Morelia is to Mexico as Boston is to the United States

Merida is the New Orleans of Mexico

Monterrey is the Chicago of Mexico

Guadalajara is the Los Angeles of Mexico

Mexico City is, of course, the New York City AND Washington DC of Mexico combined

Cancun is the Las Vegas of Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is the San Diego of Mexico

Veracruz is the Houston of Mexico

Guanajuato is the Boulder of Mexico....?

Villahermosa is the Jersey City of Mexico

Tulum is the Big Sur California of Mexico

San Miguel Allende is the Aspen of Mexico

Tijuana is Tijuana :-) for both Mexico and the United States.

Isn't this fun???

Here's a few we've had a hard time with:

San Cristobal in Chiapas....? We can't think of a correlation in the United States.
Maybe Portland Oregon?? San Francisco California?? The Appalachians?

Mazatlan? Queretero? San Luis Potosi??

Help us out here. What do you think?


  • Working Gringos 14 years ago

    We've been to Xalapa...I think you might be right!

    We arrived back in the Yucatan late last night. It's good to be home, thank you!

    More Yucatan Living coming up soon!!

  • LeAnn 14 years ago

    Xalapa as the San Francisco....yes, even though it isn't on a bay! Its beautiful, hilly, foggy, cool, funky and very high brow with it's great university, museum and cultural events.

    Sounds like you're almost home now...welcome back!

  • Working Gringos 14 years ago

    Wow...Working Gringo grew up in Los Osos, CA but the WGs haven't been to Baja yet. Something to look forward to!

    As for Villahermosa, it has more than a few trees, but basically you pegged it! The rents are probably cheaper though.

    We thought of another one today as we were driving home: Campeche is the St. Augustine, Florida of Mexico. Another obscure one!

  • Allie 14 years ago

    Hi from the US Villahermosa! Well, actually 'bout 20 miles west of Jersey City. I've never been to Villahermosa, but as someone who lived in JC for 4 years all I can say is ew.

    Villahermosa sure is a nice name for a place with no grass or trees, lots of poverty and a couple nice streets! :) That's what JC is, that with a view (if you hang your head way out the bathroom window and look right you can see the radio tower on top of the empire state building... that ups the rent by at least $400/mo.) hee hee hee. I NJ!

  • kimba 14 years ago

    The only one I can think of that hasn't been mentioned is Loreto, Baja = Los Osos, California ... talk about obscure ;)

  • Working Gringos 14 years ago

    Torreon = Pittsburgh!! Perfect!!

    I see we have two conflicting votes for Santa Fe...both Oaxaca City and San Miguel Allende. I haven't been to Oaxaca. Could one of them perhaps be Taos??

    Is there no Aspen of Mexico then?

    Juarez as Jersey City...yes, I think that fits! And I haven't been to Sayulito but if its like Santa Barbara, now I'm sure I'd like to go there.

    We were just in Patzcuaro and we were thinking perhaps it is the Woodstock, NY of Mexico. The climate and the sophisticated small-town feel...what do you think?

    And how about Puebla? (We're in Puebla tonite, on our way back to the Yucatan) Maybe its the San Jose of Mexico?

    Oh, and we totally agree: Cancun is the Miami of Mexico. There is nothing else like Las Vegas, is there? It's pretty uniquely American...

  • Emily 14 years ago

    I think Juarez is the Jersey City. The view across the river is similar to the not so lovely view on your way to Newark Airport from Manhattan. Of course Copper Canyon is the Grand Canyon. Chihuahua city is the El Paso. Oh and how about Sayulito like Santa Barbara, CA

  • Alisa 14 years ago

    you're doing a fantastic job! it's more difficult than i thought it would be. i'm still thinking about queretaro, and guessing that the richmond comparison is a good one. what i will say is that san miguel de allende seems more like santa fe than aspen. :)
    torreon...perhaps along the lines of pittsburgh...

  • olivia 14 years ago

    great idea guys!

    how about - Cozumel is the Key West of Mexico

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    (ps if you could see your way to including a plug for my little "mexicana building" blog it would be very much appreciated!)

  • KAT 14 years ago

    Maybe this is too obvious... but I think of Oaxaca as the Santa Fe of Mexico... or better put, Santa Fe as the Oaxaca of the US.

  • Working Gringos 14 years ago

    THANKS, everyone!!! this is great! keep 'em coming!

    We're in Torreon tonite...any ideas???

    It reminds the Working Gringo of Fresno, CA!

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