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Mérida is ranked, again, as one of Mexico’s most livable cities

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Mérida is ranked, again, as one of Mexico’s most livable cities. Photo: Courtesy


Mérida is again on the top of a list ranking Mexico’s “Most Livable Cities” of 2018.

The Yucatán capital has remained in the Top 10 since the annual index was devised six years ago.

The Strategic Communication Cabinet presented the results of the study “Most Livable Cities of Mexico 2018,” in which the 76 of the country’s largest cities were analyzed for quality of life, social cohesion, leadership quality and public satisfaction with services.

The most livable cities in Mexico are in the north, with one big exception:

  • Mérida, Yucatán
  • San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León
  • San Pedro Garza García, Nuevo León
  • Mazatlan, Sinaloa
  • Saltillo, Coahuila
  • Chihuahua, Chihuahua
  • Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas
  • Guadalupe, Nuevo León
  • Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes

The lowest-scoring cities are:

  • Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
  • Chilpancingo, Guerrero
  • Tapachula, Chiapas
  • Xochimilco, Mexico City
  • Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán
  • Tehuacán, Puebla
  • Ecatepec, Edomex
  • Tláhuac, Mexico City
  • Iztapalapa, Mexico City
  • Iztacalco, Mexico City

The capital of Yucatán and Nuevo León are the only cities that make repeat appearances on the list.

“This indicates that the southern part of the country has the most room for improvement,” states the study.

Breaking down the numbers, for quality of life, three cities in the Monterrey metropolitan area — San Pedro, San Nicolás and Saltillo — top the list. Merida ranks ninth, with a score of 67.53 out of 100. The average score of all the cities studied is 64.41.

In terms of social cohesion, the country’s average is only 5.67 on a scale of 0 to 10. Mérida ranks fifth in this part of the survey, with a score of 6.04.

The White City ranks first in confidence in its leadership. Of the top 10 cities, eight have PAN mayors: Mérida (1), Chihuahua (2), San Nicolás (3), Reynosa (7), Torreón (8), San Pedro (9) and Aguascalientes (10). Two cities on the list with PRI mayors are Saltillo (4) and Mazatlan (6). In fifth place is Ciudad Juarez, whose mayor is an independent.

See the entire report here (PDF download).

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