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Located in the northwestern part of Mexico, Sonora is situated just south of Arizona and New Mexico and east of the Gulf of California. There are approximately 2.85 million people living within the 69,249 square miles of the state. The capital of Sonora, Hermosillo, is located in the center of the state.

Sonora’s economy is rich in agriculture, livestock and fishing, as well as mining. Tourism is a major industry as well with 60% of its tourists coming from within Mexico. The main university in Sonora is the Universidad de Sonora which was established in the 1930s and maintains a student population of approximately 40,000. The Sonora Technology Institute is another major higher education institution located in Ciudad Obregón.

Sonora is home to eight types of indigenous people, who play a major role in the culture of the state. Evidence of human existence dating back over 10,000 years has been found in Sonora especially in the El Pinacate Desert.

Along with its unique culture as a state, Sonora also has cultural influences from eight indigenous peoples, the Yaqui, Papago, Mayo, Seri, Pima, Cucapa, Kikapu, and Guarijo. Each group has their distinct ways but they have blended their culture with the Mexican culture which is most evident during the annual Dia de los Muertos festival.

Sonora experiences four different distinct climates which vary in temperature and precipitation. The diverse geography features the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains located in eastern Sonora which leads to plains and rolling hills in the center and extends to the Gulf of California. Hermosillo averages highs in the 100s in the summertime and lows in the low-60s during the coldest months. Ciudad Obregón is even hotter with temperatures averaging in the upper-90s to low-100s May through October.

From the beaches to the border, there are many homes and rental properties available in Sonora. The homes, condos and apartments that are available throughout the state suit all budgets and preferences.

Home to close to 3 million people, Sonora is unique and diverse in its geography and culture. The economy is diverse as well with manufacturing and industry closer to the United States border and agriculture and livestock throughout. Entry areas such as Nogales allow for imports and exports to make their way easily across the border.


Sonora, Mexico

San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
  • Country: Mexico

  • Population: 2.85 million

  • Area:

    Land: 179,355 km2


Lifestyle and Culture

There are a few museums of note in the town of Alamos located southeast of Ciudad Obregón. The Museo de María Félix is a tribute to the actress who is from Alamos and was considered the Mexican Marilyn Monroe. The Museo Costumbrista de Sonora showcases the history and culture of the state.

The Festival Tetabiakte and the Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Festival are two festivals unique to Sonora. The Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Festival celebrates the life of the acclaimed doctor and opera singer and is one of the biggest festivals in northwest Mexico. The Copper Festival takes place every June and features parades, artists and singers, rides and attractions, and several food vendors.The Universidad de Sonora is the major university in Sonora with a student population of approximately 40,000. The Sonora Technology Institute is another major college with 17,000 students and almost three dozen degree programs.


Entertainment and Tourism

Sport fishing and Scuba diving are very popular sports off the Gulf of California coast. Popular sports teams in Sonora include a Mexican Northern League for professional baseball team and the indoor soccer professional team of Soles de Sonora.

The nightlife in Sonora is vibrant and lively in many of its major cities. In Ciudad Obregón, Miguel Aleman Avenue is the main location for nightclubs and bars, while La Barra Hidalgo, which dates back to the 18th century, is a popular location in Hermosillo.

Entertainment and Tourism


Sonora is made up of 72 municipalities including Hermosillo, the capital. The state has a unique climate area made up of dry desert, arid lands, semi-moist lands and temperate zones. While the major cities are found in different climates, three out of the four most populous are along Highway 15.


Hermosillo is situated in the center of Sonora and is the largest city in the state both by population and area. Almost 1/3 of the population lives in Hermosillo and it is the main economic center of the state. Major manufacturing sectors such as automotive, food processing, electronics, and others are centered here. Agriculture is also a big industry, producing wheat, grapes, chickpeas, and livestock.

Ciudad Obregón

Ciudad Obregón is the second largest city in Sonora and is known for its agriculture as the number one economic force, although the economy is becoming increasingly diversified with more investment in fishing, commerce and tourism.

Ciudad Obregón is home to over a dozen higher education institutions including the Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora and the Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Cajeme. The Yaqui Museum and Nainari Lagoon are popular tourist destinations found in this city.



Nogales is located right along the northern border of Mexico, opposite Nogales, Arizona. With Highway 15 situated on both sides of the border, Nogales is a major transportation hub for goods going to and from the United States.

Tourism and manufacturing are two strong industries in Nogales and it’s believed that 80% of Mexico’s imports originating in the United States cross through Nogales.

San Luis Río Colorado

San Luis Río Colorado is the farthest west city in Sonora at the border of the Baja Peninsula. It is the fourth largest city in Sonora and is home to many notable maquila factories. The Fiestas del Desierto celebrating the Sonoran Desert Region in and around San Luis Río Colorado is a major festival.

Speaking of desert, San Luis Río Colorado sees less than 2 inches of rainfall annually and has average high temperatures in the 100s four months out of the year.

Real Estate Market

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Source: (May 2017)



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