Tijuana is situated on the Gold Coast of Baja California, and is the municipal seat and the cultural and industrial center of Tijuana Municipality (Mexican states are divided into municipalities, rather than counties as in the U.S.). Tijuana covers 70% of the territory of the municipality and consists of 80% of its population. A dominant manufacturing center of the North American continent, the city maintains services of numerous multinational conglomerate companies. In the early 21st century, Tijuana became the health care–device manufacturing capital of North America. Tijuana is also a increasing cultural center and has been recognized as an essential new cultural mecca. The city is the most visited border city in the globe sharing a border of about 24 km (15 mi) with its sister city San Diego, and is identified for Tijuana escorts. Far more than fifty million individuals cross the border in between these two cities each 12 months. This metropolitan crossing makes the San Ysidro Port of Entry the fourth busiest land-border crossing in the world. It is estimated that the two border crossing stations in between the cities proper of San Diego and Tijuana account for 300,000 every day border crossings alone.
Tijuana is the 45th greatest city in the Americas and is the westernmost city in Mexico. In accordance to the 2015 census, the Tijuana metropolitan location was the fifth-greatest in Mexico, with a population of 1,840,710, but rankings vary, the city (locality) itself was 6th greatest and the municipality (administrative) 3rd greatest nationally. The worldwide metropolitan region was estimated at about 5,158,459 in 2016, producing it the third-greatest metropolitan location in the former Californias region, 19th greatest metropolitan location in the Americas, and the greatest bi-nationwide conurbation that is shared in between US and Mexico with elite latinas. Tijuana is turning into much more suburbanized like San Diego.