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Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

Querétaro, Mérida and Hermosillo rated as top Mexican cities in quality of life by their own residents

Mexicali is 7th; its ranking is pulled down by air pollution (it went on red alert for air quality on Tuesday)

     Querétaro, Mérida and Hermosillo were rated as Mexico's top cities in terms of quality of life by their own residents. Mexicali was rated seventh out of 41 cities or districts of cities, according to the survey by Gabinete de Comunicación Estratégica GCE/ Cuernavaca rated last, in part because of the public safety problems the Morelos state capital is suffering.

     Factors rated were ability to get around, cleanliness, air quality, good schools, housing, recreation and entertainment, natural beauty, public safety, and the overall social environment.

     In a specific quality-of-life section of the survey that only formed part of the overall quality-of-life rating, 80% of Tijuana residents (tied for third place) and 79% of Mexicali residents (tied for fifth) said they were satisfied with their quality of life. The Baja California cities fell down in other areas. For example, Mexicali (and adjoining Calexico) went on red alert Tuesday for high air-pollution levels (PDF).

Rank Cities placing highest in quality-of-life index
1 Querétaro
2 Mérida (Yucatán)
3 Hermosillo (Sonora)
4 Colima
5 Saltillo (Coahuila)
6 Aguascalientes
7 Mexicali (Baja California)
8 Chihuahua
9 Culiacán (Sinaloa)
10 Mexico City's Benito Juárez district
From "Las Ciudades más Habitables 2012"
Gabinete de Comunicación Estratégica GCE/


Frontera newspaper's story on the survey (PDF).
Notimex story