Where to live in Latin America?
2007 was the year in which, historically, more people moved to big cities instead of rural areas based on worldwide statics.
This visible tendency made the urban development go faster than ever as a challenge for the UN’S 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Latin American countries did not stay back, conditions of the big cities have changed a lot in the last years.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2016 Global Livability Ranking give us a hint on the most livable cities in Latin America.
The Economist Intelligence Unit's liveability rating, part of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle across five broad categories of Stability, Healthcare, Culture and environment, Education and Infrastructure.
Latin America is no exception, and cities in the region failed to break into the survey’s top 60. In general, the region’s cities benefit from a relatively good performance in cultural and environmental indicators, and some successes in education.
But the stability indicator, which considers levels of delinquency and crime, brings down Latin America’s rankings. Crime-plagued Caracas is considered Latin America’s least livable city, holding spot 123 overall, and it stands among the ten global cities that have experienced the biggest declines in livability over the past five years.
The best-performing cities tend to be in relatively wealthy countries and have low population densities, providing good quality infrastructure and low crime levels.
The ranking evaluates 140 cities around the world, assessing which offer the best living conditions when it comes to safety, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
Argentina made it to the top half of the ranking followed by Santiago (Chile), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Montevideo (Uruguay) and San José, (Costa Rica).
Buenos Aires is one of Latin America’s most important ports and most populous cities, as well as the national centre of commerce, industry, politics, culture, and technology. More than the Paris of the South, Buenos Aires is a New World hybrid that combines the political intensity of Washington, D.C., with a Manhattanite mixture of culture and sights, restaurants, shopping, one-of-a-kind accommodations, and a frenetic nightlife that makes New York look like a city that nap. Education, safety standards, culture and architecture are on the top of Latin America.
When we mention Santiago thee city also is drawing expats eyeing South America; modern infrastructure (including an improved public transportation system) and safety make Santiago more appealing to some than other Latin American options.
San Juan, Montevideo and San José are also three cities that tried hard to reach the standards to qualify into the most livable cities ranking.
In conclusion, these cities are the example for the rest of Latin America, working for better cities, when it comes to safety and development conditions for the citizens, is possible, and Latin America is getting closer each year.