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Santiago: one of the best cities to live in Latin America

Santiago: one of the best cities to live in Latin America

Posted by José Peralta on August 23, 2014

Citizens of Santiago can consider themselves lucky, not only do they live in a happy country, but also in a city worth living in, according to the Indra Smart Cities Survey.

The survey lists Santiago, Chile and Medellín in Colombia as the two cities in Latin America with the highest standard of living.

“Public opinion is of vital importance. That’s why we at Indra decided to conduct a survey, giving citizens the opportunity to voice their opinions on the services provided by their cities and to submit suggestions on how they could be improved,” as the company explained the aim of the survey.

Therefore, 2,123 citizens of 234 cities in 32 countries participated in answering questions on how much time they spend on commuting to work, on their perception of security in the city, and the quality of services like health care, sustainability, e-governance, and cleanliness.

As the report states for Santiago: “Santiago earned very good grades compared to other Latin American cities (where services generally scored lower). The only service with a score below the global average was sustainability, coming just one tenth short of the average. The quality of healthcare services, e-governance, and city cleaning all scored nearly one point higher than the global average. In fact, in 2012, the United Nations conducted its own survey on e-governance, with Chile topping the Latin America standings and ranking 39th worldwide.”

It takes people in Santiago 51 minutes to get to work, which competes with 46 minutes for the global average. The perception of security also excels the global average (6.6. compared to 6.1) as does the quality of healthcare services (6.3 compared to 5.6), e-governance (6.1 compared to 5.2), and cleanliness (6.4 compared to 5.4) in Chile’s capital.

The numbers for response to emergency situations match global average (5.8 to 5.8); thus, the only category which falls below global average is with regards to Santiago’s sustainability, which is at 5.1 scoring in comparison with the 5.2 global average.

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