Move over, Colima, Mérida has moved into the top spot on the National Quality of Life Index, a measurement of the best and the worst cities in which to live.
The capital of Yucatán edged up from last year’s second place to oust Colima, the capital of the state with the same name, which moved down to sixth place in the fourth annual survey of Mexico’s most habitable cities.
Mérida scored 83.3 points out of 100 on an index based on residents’ views about housing, schooling, mobility, cleanliness, recreational opportunities, citizen coexistence, museums and historical places, natural beauty, quality of life compared to last year and quality of life compared to the rest of the country.
Conducted by the polling firm Gabinete de Comunicación Estratégica through a survey of 30,400 people, the study took in the 60 most populous municipalities.
Other top cities were second-place Saltillo, capital of Coahuila, which scored 79.6, and Aguascalientes, the capital of Aguascalientes, and Mazatlán, Sinaloa, which were tied at 78.8.
The bottom five were Chiapas capital Tuxtla Gutiérrez with 61.4 points, Ecatepec in the State of México with 61, Acapulco with 60.5, Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche with 59.6 and in last place — again — was Guerrero capital Chilpancingo, scoring just 56 points.
Among the more notable changes: Saltillo rose from seventh place last year, Ciudad del Carmen dropped 12 spots, Acapulco 13 and Tuxtla Gutiérrez 10.
Positive movements in addition to Saltillo were seen by Tijuana, which jumped from 46th to 25th place; Tlalnepantla in the State of México, from No. 49 to No. 36; and Pachuca, Hidalgo, from 24 to 11.
Serious movements in the wrong direction were recorded by Hermosillo, capital of Sonora, which went from 19th to 38th place; Matamoros, Tamaulipas, from 18th to 34th; and Acapulco, which dropped from 40th to 53rd.
Source: SDP Noticias (sp)