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Q: Cost of living Santiago, Chile vs Monterrey, Mexico ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Cost of living Santiago, Chile vs Monterrey, Mexico
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: regino-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 26 Oct 2006 15:32 PDT
Expires: 25 Nov 2006 14:32 PST
Question ID: 777263
I would like to know the difference in the cost of living between
Santiago, Chile vs Monterrey, Mexico and how the crime rate compares
between the two.
Subject: Re: Cost of living Santiago, Chile vs Monterrey, Mexico
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 26 Oct 2006 17:42 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Regino,  

Below you will find the results of my research.


Cost of Living Survey - Worldwide Rankings 2006
Rank     City         Country         COL Index	
91       Santiago     Chile           74.5	
103      Monterrey    Mexico          71.6	
134      San Jose     Costa Rica      58.1	

?With New York as the base city scoring 100 points, Moscow scores
123.9 and is nearly three times costlier than Asuncion, which has an
index of 43.5.?
?Mercer?s survey covers 144 cities across six continents and measures
the comparative cost of over 200 items in each location, including
housing, transport, food, clothing, household goods and entertainment.
 It is the world?s most comprehensive cost of living survey and is
used to help multinational companies and governments determine
compensation allowances for their expatriate employees.?

See the ranking of 144 cities here:

Quality of Living Survey 2006

Each city is based on an evaluation of 39 criteria, including
political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety
and health, education, transport and other public services. Cities are
ranked against New York as the base city, which has an index score of

Worldwide Quality of Living Survey 2006
Base City: New York, USA ( =100)
Rank                                Index   
2006   City        Country           2006    
81     SANTIAGO     Chile            86.5    
94     MONTERREY    Mexico           82.2  
106    SAN JOSE     Costa Rica       77.8
SOURCE Mercer Human Resource Consulting 

See the ranking of 215 cities here:

"Monterrey is ranked as the most secure city in Latin America and in
Mexico. It is the only large metropolitan area of Mexico that boasts
crime rates below the national average."

CRIME:  Crime rates are low to moderate throughout Chile and are
moderate in Santiago, Valparaiso, and other major cities.  American
citizens visiting Chile should be as careful in cities as they would
be in any city in the United States.

Homicide Rates (Per 100,000 Inhabitants)
Santiago, Chile                 2.0
Monterrey, Mexico               2.9

Santiago, Chile
Crime Rates (Per 100,000 Inhabitants)
                         Santiago (2003)      
Robbery with violence	 151.6	            
Non-violent robbery      531.4		     
Homicide		   1.7			
Rape		          15.0

                Security index
Rank    City         Country         Security Index 
1       Monterrey    Mexico          Very good 
1       Santiago     Chile           Very good 
3       San José     Costa Rica      Good

América Economía provides a Ranking of Latin American cities.

Download here:

Search terms:
Santiago, Chile crime rates cost of living
Monterrey Mexico crime rates cost of living

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards,
regino-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Excellent responce.  Thank you very much.

Subject: Re: Cost of living Santiago, Chile vs Monterrey, Mexico
From: bobbie7-ga on 27 Oct 2006 06:01 PDT
Thank you for the rating and tip!

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