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Geographical Distribution and Variation in Selected Socioeconomic Variables for Municipios in Six Mexican Border States, 1980

James B. Pick, Swapan Nag, Glenda Tellis, Edgar W. Butler


The present study analyzes data on selected socioeconomic characteristics for the six states of Mexico on the U.S.-Mexico border utilizing data on the region's 272 municipios. A common definition of the Mexican borderlands, the one adopted in the present research, includes the six states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas (Beegle et al. 1960; Stoddard et al. 1983; and Reich 1984). On occasion, researchers have modified the definition to encompass a seven state region, including the above states plus Baja California Sur (Stoddard 1983). The present analysis differs from all previous studies except Beegle et al. (1960) by analyzing all Mexican borderlands municipios. The data are first presented with descriptive statistics and computer mapping. Then, relationships among variables are examined at both regional and state levels.

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