In recent decades, Juarez has been the site of some of the worst drug-related violence in Mexico. Crime levels and local industries that have shut down due to the global financial crisis have combined to produce high levels of unemployment. However, concerted efforts by the government, civil organizations, and local residents to strengthen law enforcement and risk mitigation systems have begun to gain momentum.

To build on these changes, the city will need to address the ongoing threat of flooding, which puts both public safety and economic development at risk. Plans to deal with storm water, for example, through its collection in groundwater wells, may help Juarez respond better to annual heat waves. This would help protect those most threatened, vulnerable and transient populations. Juarez also continues to face an influx of immigrants from other parts of Mexico and countries to the south. Juarez will need to continue focusing funding and technical capacity on improving its deteriorating infrastructure for power, sanitation, gas, and other services to confront this confluence of challenges.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Crime / Violence
  • Economic Inequality
  • Extreme Cold
  • Extreme Heat
  • Poverty
  • Unemployment

Snapshot of Juarez

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    POPULATION AS OF 2010

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