Zapopan, Mexico


The word Zapopan comes from the Nahuatl Tzapopantl, which means “the place of sapodilla fruit.”

Located in the central region of the State of Jalisco, the Municipality of Zapopan covers 900 square kilometers. According to the 2020 Mexican census, there are a little over 1.4 million inhabitants, many of whom are in their twenties. Zapopan is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Mexico. It also has the highest growth rate and covers the largest area of the four municipalities that form Guadalajara’s metropolitan area.

Economic Development

Recently, Zapopan has been dubbed the “Silicon Valley of Mexico,” due to the number of international firms and foreign direct investment (FDI) in high technology production. Industrial activity has evolved, in part, due to the efficient urban infrastructure, communications, transport, skilled labor, and cutting-edge technology.

Zapopan is home to some of the best higher education institutions in the state, including:

  • The University of Guadalajara
  • The Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente
  • Universidad Pamamericana (UP)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
  • Many other universities and technological colleges

Tradition And Tourism

Zapopan is infused with a sense of traditional and modern Mexico. The city has a rich cultural heritage, including a variety of performing and visual artists, troupes, and venues. Their cultural amenities range from primitive, to folk, to cosmopolitan. Their galleries include works from indigenous cultures to modern artists. Zapopan, along with Guadalajara, is known as the home of the Mariachi, traditional Mexican music. Other cultural institutions feature works from folk traditions, Ballet Folklorico, and Charreadas, the national sport very similar to the rodeo.


Among the most traditional dishes, you will find:

  • Tortas Ahogadas
  • Birria
  • Pozole
  • Carne en su Jugo
  • Dulces de Leche
  • Capirotada
  • And so much more


Stay Connected

The committee’s mission is to develop relationships with representatives of the Zapopan business community to foster trade, commerce and business opportunities for both communities. Learn more about Zapopan projects.

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