Santiago de Querétaro, known simply as Querétaro City, is the capital and largest city of the state of Querétaro, located in central Mexico. It is part of the region of Bajío. It is also the seat of the municipality of Querétaro, divided into seven boroughs. In 1996, the historic center of Querétaro was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The city is a strong business and economic centre and a vigourous service centre that is experiencing an ongoing social and economic revitalisation. All this has resulted in high levels of migration from other parts of Mexico. Querétaro has seen outstanding industrial and economic development since the mid-1990s. Querétaro metropolitan area has the 2nd highest GDP per capita among Mexico's metropolitan areas with US$20,000. The city is the fastest-growing in the country, basing its economy on IT and data centres, logistics services, aircraft manufacturing and maintenance, call centres, the automotive and machinery industries, and the production of chemicals and food products. The region of Querétaro has a rapidly growing vineyards agriculture and hosts the famous wine producer from Spain Freixenet. Wine production in Querétaro is now the second largest in Mexico. Major international corporations in the aerospace, electronics, automotive, chemical, food, and financial areas have their national headquarters in Querétaro.
Querétaro is rated Gamma - by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Gamma level cities are cities that link smaller economic regions into the world economy.
Querétaro was ranked #82 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Querétaro has a population of over 804,663 people. Querétaro also forms part of the wider Querétaro metropolitan area which has a population of over 1,097,025 people.