The cities that made the most progress in their ICU were San Juan del Río and Monclova-Frontera.
Much of the northern part of the country stands out with good economic characteristics.
The Valley of Mexico remains in the first competitive position since 2011.
Many people have moved from their hometown in search of better job opportunities. Sometimes it seems that the place where you grew up and lived most of your life doesn’t offer a job that pays you just enough for what you know how to do. In this search, you will have in mind options such as the size of the city, the proximity to your family and the market in which you develop. On many occasions, it can be almost like a game of chance, where you analyze your circumstances and roll the dice in hopes of a good result. The odds, however, may be higher in certain parts of the country. The Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), published a list that can help determine which are the best cities to work in Mexico, analyzing various factors.
The IMCO has been conducting a study of the Urban Competitiveness Index (ICU) in 73 cities that generate 87% of gross domestic product, have 64% of the population and concentrate 89% of investment. Their measurements are made based on the ability they have to generate, attract and retain talent and investments, through 70 indicators in 10 sub-indices. In addition, they take into account several particular aspects, so they divide their list of the most competitive cities by population size, each with levels: high, adequate, medium-high, medium-low, low and very low.
The most competitive areas of the country, with more than one million inhabitants, are the Valley of Mexico and Monterrey, being the only ones that reach the high level. The IMCO adds that the Valley of Mexico remains in the first position since 2011. In general, it can be seen that much of the northern part of the country stands out with good economic characteristics. The IMCO explains that this area has “the highest credit to companies, the largest number of sectors present in its economy and the highest percentage of its production is in high-growth sectors.”
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The list of the most competitive cities of “high” and “adequate” levels, by number of inhabitants is as follows:
More than a million inhabitants
From 500 thousand to one million inhabitants
From 250 to 500 thousand inhabitants
Less than 250 thousand inhabitants
On the other hand, the cities that advanced the most in their ICU were San Juan del Río and Monclova-Frontera, the latter being the best city to work in with a population of 250,000 to 500,000. According to the IMCO, the following are the best cities to work for by each size division, which have “the highest salaries, with short working hours, the largest offer of jobs with legal benefits and in large companies”:
More than a million inhabitants: Monterrey
From 500 thousand to one million inhabitants: Chihuahua
From 250 to 500 thousand inhabitants: Monclova-Frontera
Less than 250 thousand inhabitants: Nogales
On the other hand, the cities with the best opportunities to study were: San Luis Potosí, Xalapa, Ciudad Victoria and Rioverde, since they have “higher academic performance, broad educational coverage, a high degree of schooling and a greater offer of quality postgraduate courses”.