Mexico City

The worst North-American city to live in? By

Recently, conducted a survey on the worst North American city to live in. The winner (or loser) was Mexico City, since many readers felt it had a lot of problems that would make it less than ideal to live in. So take a trip with us as we delve into facts about Mexico City, the worst North American city to live in.

The Weather

Mexico city has an average temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit. Its high altitude makes for a colder climate, as apposed to many other Mexican cities. According to, " Because of its altitude, Mexico City's weather is cool, with small seasonal changes. While snow is rare, night frosts are common during the colder months of December and January." The average annual precipitation of Mexico city is 180 centimeters, and there are additionally many natural disasters because of its location. Natural disasters include volcanoes and destructive earthquakes, as well as hurricanes.
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Monthly Averages Chart

This chart shows the average high and low temperatures in Mexico city in the months of January, February, March, April, November, and December. It also displays the monthly annual precipitation.

Making Money

While Mexico's economy may be good, the financial condition of Mexico city's residents is not. The average poverty rate of Mexico is a shocking 52.37%, which is more than half of the colossal population. Additionally, Mexico city's sales tax has risen up to 16%, causing many to be enragedThe median income is merely $13,085, showing how many of Mexico's people do not have enough resources. Resources contribute many things to people as well as a growing or struggling city. The main thing is that they can be used as profits, which would contribute money to help the city. Resources can also give many people jobs. For example, if oil was a resource of a struggling city, oil plants would give many of the citizens a job, which is what resources would contribute. As a conclusion, Mexico's city's citizens are in a very poor condition, one of the main reasons as to why Mexico city is the most troublesome North American city to live in.

Housing Options

Many neighborhoods are filled with crime in Mexico city. The property tax in Mexico city 0.1% (International Living).Additionally,"A 2% acquisition tax is payable by the buyer when property changes hands"(International Living). The median price for a single family home is $59,327 because a lot of Mexico's citizens are not financially well off, and tend to buy less costly homes.
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Mexican Homes

This image depicts a typical Mexican city houses, with bright colors and balconies. There are many areas like this all over Mexico.

Fun things to do in Mexico city

Mexico city is a very culturally diverse city. There are many things to do such as going to Chapultepec (the largest wooded area in the entire city), as well as the National Library, which is stationed in Mexico city. The Restaraunte Arroyo is the world's largest Mexican restaurant, and it too is in the city. Another famous thing is the National Museum of Anthropology, the most visited museum in the entire country of Mexico. Another famous thing originating from Mexico city is mariachi music, now known all over Mexico.




Compared to the rest of Mexico, Mexico city has the highest literacy rate in Mexico. However, only 44%(less than half) of 25-34 year old residents of Mexico city have upper secondary qualification ( According," the average student scored 417 in reading literacy, maths and science in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)."

Safety in Mexico city

Safety is another of the main reasons that Mexico is the most troublesome North American city to live in. According to, "Crime is one of the most serious problems facing Mexico city, touching the lives of all its citizens, directly and indirectly." Mexico city's crime rate is 1,439.41 per 100,00. The police department is highly untrustworthy, because of many corrupt officers and bribery.

Healthcare and General Health

Mexico city has a lot of public and private hospitals;however, in poorer areas there are scarcely any. It has approximately 66 general hospitals, as well as more than 7,000 clinics. Hospitals are needed, because Mexico city's residents have very poor health. Two major factors in declining health are pollution, as well as the crime.

Physical Features- How do they negatively affect people living there?

Mexico city is stationed on a plateau like bowl, causing pollution from traffic and factories to be captured in the bowl(thermal inversion), which cannot escape.In 1998, there were more than 1.7 million cases of respiratory problems caused by the immense air pollution. Mexico city is atop three large tectonic plates, causing earthquakes and volcanic activity. It is also on the 17,877 foot active volcano, Popocatepi. Since Popocatepi is still active, there is a risk of the volcano erupting. Where you live is a very important factor in how you live because if you live somewhere with a dangerous level of pollution, it would play a part in your health condition, like the 1.7 million cases of respiratory problems caused by the air pollution in Mexico city.
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Birds-Eye View

An aerial shot of Mexico city, showing the landscape and physical features of Mexico city.In it, you can see the high elevation and ridges in the city.


In the world, culture is very important. Mexico city is a very culturally diverse place, and has many people from differing nationalities. However, racism is still common in Mexico city. People with a darker skin color are more likely to have a labour type of job, whereas people with a lighter skin color have jobs in fields such as television, politics, academics, etc ( On the other hand, Mexico city is known as one of the world's most culturally diverse cities, as people from all countries come to Mexico city.

Culture is a very important thing in daily life. It impacts individuals in a community as they can experience many different people and religions, and have a better understanding of the world around them. Culture is also important in global interactions because if even world leaders did not come into contact or learn about other religions or cultures, they would not be able to understand their fellow leaders, or be able to solve international problems.


Mexico has a federal government made up of 16 districts, each headed by an delgado. The Mexican government is not trusted by its people, because of the recurring problem of corruption. The central government is responsible for education, security, and national industries. The president is only allowed to serve one six-year term, and is elected by popular vote. However, members of Congress are elected directly. "Bribery is considered necessary when interacting with Mexico's underpaid public servants and intricate bureaucracy: the practice costs the economy roughly 10 percent of its gross domestic product(GDP) yearly"(Culturegrams). As a result, the government is not trusted by Mexicans.

Population- How does it impact the area?

Mexico city's population is a big problem. The Greater Mexico City population is around 21.2 million people, compared to the United States total population of 318.9 people. Overpopulation causes many complications, and most times there are not enough resources for everyone to thrive. Due to overpopulation, there is a large number of citizens living in poverty, as well as a lot of pollution. The poverty rate of Mexico city is around 46.27%, which is almost half of the population ( The area is impacted as a result, since so many people live there. In the lower-income areas, a lot of trash is present, as many don't have a proper disposable system, and many cannot afford it. The overpopulation of Mexico city and Mexico in general is very serious, and is a large part of why Mexico city is the worst North-American city to live in.

Transportation and Transportation Options

Mexico city's transportation includes an underground metro system, which many people use to get to and from places if they cannot get access to a car. Additionally, there are more than 3 million vehicles in Mexico city, the most common being taxis, Volkswagen bugs, and small buses. These small buses are known as peseros, because they originally charged one Mexican peso per ride. The roads in Mexico city are fairly hard to navigate, because of all of the many people and vehicles. Altogether, Mexico city does have a fairly wide selection of public transportation, though its roads are not ideal as there is a lot of traffic and smog.
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Mexican Pesero

A photo of a Mexican pesero, a form of transportation used in Mexico. Peseros are usually very cheap, and are not found anywhere else in the world.


Mexico city has many things that make it a unique city. Unfortunately, the things that make it the worst North-American city to live in often overshadow those. Readers around the world were asked to come up with three ideas that would help Mexico city to thrive.

The ideas were:

1. Citizens of Mexico city could be encouraged to carpool while going to school or work, and Mexico city could have a "No Cars Day" every week, in which citizens would be urged to walk or ride a bike to the location that they need to go to. If the location is far, they would be advised to use a form of public transportation, thus reducing the amount of pollution.

2. Since Mexico city has a problem with test scores being very low, citizens with a criminal record could make clubs for kids having trouble with school, and it could count as their community service, thereby helping the problem of both education and helping people who want to make up for their previous bad actions.

3. Another problem in Mexico city is unemployment and poverty. This could be helped by giving people small jobs that would eventually help them make a living, such as patrolling neighborhoods that have a lot of crime, or helping to drive peseros or buses. This would help unemployment as well as poverty, since then the person and their family would be able to make a living and have enough resources.


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