Chile’s capital on the rise internationally

Santiago stands tall on several new international rankings.

Santiago bustles by night. Photo by Isaías Campbell/Flickr
Santiago bustles by night. Photo by Isaías Campbell/Flickr

In the past few months, Chile’s capital city, Santiago, has been receiving a lot of international attention. A recent CNN poll ranked Santiago as the third most loved city in the world, beating out other iconic international tourist destinations. Perhaps that’s because the city seems to be riding a high note in all the right areas – from quality of life to business opportunities. The following are some of the other important rankings that are making travelers and businesses take notice of this city at the foothills of the scenic Andes Mountains.

It keeps growing
Santiago came in at number nine in the Brookings Institute’s ranking of cities with the highest growth, making it the only Latin American city in the top 10. The survey considered GDP per capita and labor growth between 2010-2011. During that period, Santiago’s economy showed an overall improvement of 6%.

Reconstruction and investment in infrastructure drove consumption after the 2010 earthquake that struck the south-central zone of the country, while tourism and trade made up 16% of all production in the Santiago.

A great place to visit
In a recent study by travel giant Tripadvisor, Santiago stood out along with destinations like Buenos Aires, Machu Picchu and Río de Janeiro as the 6th best place to visit in South America. The online travel forum underscored the city’s cultural and architectural diversity as well as its natural photogenic quality. The list also included southern Chilean cities Púcon and Puerto Varas at number 20 and 24, respectively.

Quality of Living
In a worldwide Quality of Living survey by consulting agency Mercer, Santiago placed number three in South America. The survey was comprised of 221 cities and the list looked at factors such as infrastructure, medical attention, and the range of leisure activities available.

Startup Genome
The Startup Genome is a project that examines the best cities in the world for digital business startups. Chile ranked 12th out of 25 cities, beating out the typical commercial giants. For more information on the extensive criteria, check out this article from Techcrunch.com.