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Nuevo Laredo is a city located in the Municipality of Nuevo Laredo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. The city lies on the banks of the Rio Grande, across from the United States city of Laredo, Texas. The 2005 census population of the city was 348,387 and that of the municipality of which it serves as municipal seat was 355,827. Nuevo Laredo is part of the Laredo-Nuevo Laredo Metropolitan Area with a total population of 718,073. The municipality has an area of 1,334.02 km2 (515.07 sq mi). Both the city and the municipality rank as the third largest in the state.
The city is connected to Laredo, Texas, across the Rio Grande (Rio Bravo) river by four international bridges and a rail bridge. The city is larger than its U.S. counterpart, but is younger, having been established after the state of Texas broke away from Mexico. It is the largest inland port in Mexico, just as its counterpart across the border is the busiest inland port in the United States.