Mérida, most livable city. Mérida, most livable city.

Mérida No. 1 again on livable cities index

10th annual survey ranks Saltillo and Aguascalientes as second and third

Best place to live in Mexico, for the second year in a row, is Mérida, capital city of the state of Yucatán, according to the 10th annual most-livable-cities survey by the polling firm Gabinete de Comunicación Estratégica (GCE).

And the worst? Crime-ridden Ecatepec, State of México.

The GCE survey consists of three main indexes: quality of life, satisfaction with services and satisfaction with the performance of the mayor.

The quality of life index takes into account 10 different variables, including the availability of adequate housing and schools both private and public, mobility, air pollution, safety on the streets and employment opportunities.

At the top of the category was Mérida with 77.6 points out of 100, followed by Saltillo, Coahuila, with 77, and Aguascalientes with 71.6.

At the other end of the list were Naucalpan, State of México, with 51.3, Chilpancingo, Guerrero, with 49.8, and Ecatepec with 48.8.

The three are located in states with the worst crime rates in the country, according to the national statistics institute, INEGI.

The second index, measuring satisfaction with services, put Nuevo Laredo, in Tamaulipas, Saltillo and Colima on top, while Tapachula and Tuxtla Gutiérrez, both in Chiapas, and Ecatepec were at the bottom.

As for the performance of their mayors, Nuevo Laredo, Mérida and Tepic, Nayarit, led the pack, while the cities of Tapachula, Tehuacán, in State of México, and Tuxtla Gutiérrez obtained the worst scores.

The survey drew on the opinions of 30,400 people living in the 60 most populous municipalities in Mexico and the 16 boroughs of Mexico City.

Source: Forbes (sp)

Columns indicate rankings for convivial atmosphere, entertainment, museums and cultural offerings, natural beauty, clean air, mobility, employment, housing, security and schools.



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