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Nuevo León Semper

Estado Libre y Soberano de Nuevo León
State of Mexico
Free and Sovereign State of Nuevo León
Official seal of Nuevo León Semper
Semper Ascendens
(Always Ascending)
Anthem: Himno de Nuevo León
State of Nuevo León within Mexico
State of Nuevo León within Mexico
Country Mexico
Capital Monterrey
Largest City Monterrey
Largest Metropolitan Area Greater Monterrey
Admission May 7, 1824
Order 15th
 • Total 64,156 km2 (24,771 sq mi)
  Ranked 13th
Highest elevation
3,710 m (12,170 ft)
 • Total 5,119,504
 • Rank 8th
 • Density 79.7977/km2 (206.6752/sq mi)
 • Density rank 14th
Demonym(s) Neoleonés
Time zone UTC−6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Postal code
Area code
ISO 3166 code MX-NLE
HDI Increase 0.808 Very High Ranked 3rd of 32
GDP US$ 132,655 mil
percapita US$ 28,509.00
a. The state's GDP was 666,898,103 thousand of pesos in 2008, amount corresponding to 52,101,414.296 thousand dollars, a dollar being worth 12.80 pesos (value of June 3, 2010).

Nuevo León is one of the 31 states which, with Mexico City, compose the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. It is divided into 51 municipalities and its capital city is Monterrey.

It is located in Northeastern Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Tamaulipas to the north and east, San Luis Potosí to the south, and Coahuila to the west. To the north, Nuevo León has a 15 kilometer (9 mi) stretch of the U.S.–Mexico border adjacent to the U.S. state of Texas.

The state was named after the New Kingdom of León, an administrative territory of the Viceroyalty of New Spain, which was itself named after the historic Spanish Kingdom of León.

Besides its capital, other important cities are Guadalupe, Santa Catarina, San Nicolás de los Garza, and San Pedro Garza García, all of which are part of the Monterrey Metropolitan area.


Monterrey Palacio de Gobierno
The original Government Palace (State House) of Nuevo León

Nuevo León was founded by conquistador Alberto del Canto, although frequent raids by Chichimecas, the natives of the north, prevented the establishment of almost any permanent settlements. Subsequent to the failure of del Canto to populate the area, Luis Carvajal y de la Cueva, at the head of a group of Portuguese and Spanish settlers who were of Jewish descent, requested permission from the Spanish King to attempt to settle the area which would be called the New Kingdom of León and would fail as well. It wasn't until 1596 under the leadership of Diego de Montemayor the colony became permanent. Nuevo Leon eventually became (along with the provinces of Coahuila, Nuevo Santander and Texas) one of the Eastern Internal Provinces in Northern New Spain.

The capital of Nuevo León is Monterrey, the third largest city in Mexico with over four million residents. Monterrey is a modern and affluent city, and Nuevo León has long been one of Mexico's most industrialized states.


San Nicolas Nuevo León
La Huasteca State Park
Mina piedra
Trace of petroglyphs engraved on rocks at Boca de Potrerillos.

Nuevo León has an extreme climate, and there is very little rainfall throughout the year. The territory covers 64,220 square kilometres (24,800 sq mi), and can be divided into three regions: a hot, dry region in the north, a temperate region in the mountains, and a semi-arid region in the south. The Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range affects in an important way the lay of the land forming the Galeana and Doctor Arroyo plateaus, the Iguana, Picachos, Papagayos, and Santa Clara mountain ranges, and the Pilón, Ascensión, and Río Blanco valleys. As for hydrography, the San Juan River supplies the El Cuchillo dam, which provides water for Monterrey and the metropolitan area. There are also the Cerro Prieto, La Boca, Vaquerías, Nogalitos, and Agualeguas dams. Laguna de Labradores is a major lake in Nuevo León, and Pozo del Gavilán is a natural well. Both are located in the Galeana municipality. The flora of the region includes brush and pastures in the low regions, and pine and oak trees in the mountains. The fauna includes black bears, mountain lions, javelinas, prairie dogs, foxes, coyotes, and white-tailed deer, along with smaller species.


As of 2015, Nuevo León's population was about 5.119 million. Of these over 90%, or about 4.7 million, of the state's population resides within the Monterrey Metropolitan area, making it the third largest metropolitan area in the country. Life expectancy in the state is high, being 73 years for men and 79 years for women.

Ninety-four percent of the total population occupy urban areas, one million of which are home-owners, and 98% have all utilities (running water, sewer systems and electric power). The remaining 2% is mostly the small indigenous population which is isolated and lives in the mountain regions.

Following the nation's tendency, a majority of the population identifies as being Roman Catholic, but it has a sizable Protestant population.


ITESM Femsa Biotechnology Center Aulas I
Biotechnology center of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

The high quality of life that prevails across the state is reflected on statistical rates such as education, as the entity reports an almost perfect record for finished secondary education, and 13 in 100 inhabitants earn a professional degree.


Parques Ventika
Wind turbines at the Parques Eólicos Ventika located in General Bravo. The wind-power complex has the capacity to produce 252 megawatts per hour and can meet the electricity demand of some 630,000 homes.

Highly industrialized, Nuevo León possesses a standard of living similar to that of countries such as Croatia, Slovakia or Poland.

The facilities of the Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma brewery in Nuevo Leon are the single largest producer of alcoholic beverages in the world.

Nuevo León boasts a rich agricultural core, called the "orange belt", which comprises the municipalities of Allende, Montemorelos, Hualahuises, General Terán and Linares. Small but productive investments have been transforming traditional harvests (mainly based on orange and cereals) into agroindustrial developments that are producing increasing revenues for the local economy.

Most of The South of the state is at the mercy of a very dry weather that represents a major hurdle for agriculture and livestock.

In recent years, the state government has been making efforts in attracting significant investments in aeronautics, biotechnology, mechatronics, information and communication technologies fields with the creation of the Research and Technology Innovation Park PIIT (Parque de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica), a technology park oriented in the development, innovation and research of sciences. The project is one of the key strategies within the Monterrey, City of Knowledge program.


Nuevo León is divided into 51 municipalities (municipios).

Largest cities

City City
area type
Monterrey 1,135,550 4,570,577 Municipality
Guadalupe 678,006 Part of Greater Monterrey
Apodaca 523,270
San Nicolás de los Garza 443,273
General Escobedo 357,256
Santa Catarina 270,790
Juarez 256,454
García 143,668
San Pedro Garza García 119,017


Nuevo León has many biomes, which is why it has different climates. Some areas in the mountains are very cold in winter and temperate in summer. In the northern part of the state the climate is arid as a result of the proximity to the Chihuahuan desert. Extreme high temperatures of 47 °C or more occur on the desert areas while winters are short and mild. In Monterrey the climate is hot semi-arid with extreme hot summers and mild winters. There is very little rainfall throughout the year, usually about 500 mm or less.

Flora and fauna

Flora and fauna of Nuevo León
San-joaquin-kit-fox.jpg Schwarzbär-Omega Park.jpg Cardinal.jpg Hooded Skunk side (Gelsenkirchen).jpg Aquila chrysaetos Flickr.jpg
Vulpes macrotis Ursus americanus Cardinalis cardinalis Mephitis macroura Aquila chrysaetos
Stellers jay - natures pics.jpg Javelina.jpg Agkistrodon taylori2.jpg Least Grebe - breeding plumage.jpg Gabelbock fws 1b.jpg
Cyanocitta stelleri Pecari tajacu Agkistrodon taylori Tachybaptus dominicus Antilocapra americana
Starr 070205-4086 Carya pecan.jpg Dioon edule03.jpg Redbud against sky.JPG Aztekium ritteri0056.jpg Pinus culminicola.jpg
Carya illinoinensis Dioon edule Cercis canadensis Aztekium ritteri Pinus culminicola

Twinning and covenants

The state has agreements with other states, provinces, regions and autonomous communities.

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