According to some info from the friendly Johnny Testa from askmen.com Santiago is one of the Top 29 cities in the world to live in.
Ask men will be voting in house and the result will be presented on the 31st of March here: (link). You will find some of the factors that decide why a city becomes lovable with my comments in red:
1. Dating & Sex I am out of this game… but remember it is a mens magazine 😉
Points awarded if the city is home to more women than men.
Points awarded if the majority of women in the city are single.
Points awarded if more than half of the female population has a university degree.
2. Sports & Entertainment
Points awarded if at least 50% of the country’s professional sports leagues have teams in this city Points awarded if a once-in-a-lifetime event is scheduled to take place in this city (World Cup, long awaited reunion concert, etc.)
Points awarded if bars and clubs are open later than 2 a.m. Santiago is not London or Cambridge, is it? Of course clubs are open longer than 2am
Points awarded if there is at least one Michelin-starred restaurant in this city. I love the food here in Santiago and there are good Restaurants but unfortunately I did not find anything in the Michelin guide 😦
Points awarded if there is at least one celebrity chef-helmed restaurant in this city.
Points awarded if this city hosts a regular international arts festival (film festival, culinary festival, jazz festival, etc.)
Points awarded if at least 30% of the city’s workforce is employed in the creative class.
Points awarded if this city hosts an annual fashion week. Well this is more for the gay guys… or not? O.k. we call it Metro sexuality these days 😉
Points awarded if the city is host to a reputable menswear-only store.
Points awarded if rate of male heart disease is below the worldwide average.
Points awarded if the male life span is above the worldwide average.
6. Power & Money
Points awarded if city experienced job growth in 2008 (prior to onset of economic crisis). yep Santiago is doing well / will even do better than most in the crisis
Points awarded if city experienced income growth in 2008 (prior to onset of economic crisis). I believe same is true then above.
Points awarded if cost of living is below the international urban average. one of my many reasons for living here 😉
Points awarded if the average cost of a pint of beer in the city is below the worldwide average. I don’t drink beer but does good wine count?
7. The Good Life
Points awarded if the number of annual sunshine hours is above 2,000. yayy / definitely Santiago will win some points here
Points awarded if city airport hosts flights to more than 100 international destinations.
Points awarded if at least two major urban developments are currently underway (a new subway system, a new museum, green space, etc.) Santiago will also win some points here