Have someone do the test. Let him ask a Spaniard who has traveled much of the national geography what are his favorite destinations, what are the cities to which he would return again and again without thinking about it. Granada, almost certainly, would appear repeatedly in the responses of many of the respondents. In fact, for years the city has been a full member of the ‘Top ten’ of national tourist destinations. However, things change if the question is reformulated and, above all, if the respondent is changed. Because not another thing, but the people of Granada cannot be accused of chauvinists.
According to a survey carried out by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU), Granada does not approve of quality of life. The people of Granada themselves say for the most part that the city is not a good place to live, throwing it to number 12 in Spanish towns with the worst quality of life. What is the reason for this gap between what outsiders think and what citizens think? Well, the residents, as much as they are delighted with the heritage of Granada or the offer of leisure and restoration, pay attention to other things. In this case, the OCU survey has been prepared based on those criteria “that condition urban life”: employment and the labor market, health care, education, transport and mobility, citizen security, housing situation, pollution, supply cultural and sports, level of democracy (analyzed according to the transparency of the administration) and urban landscape.
And where Granada gets the worst score is in the section on job prospects and urban mobility and transport. According to the OCU, the city only stands out positively in terms of educational offer, occupying fifth place in a ranking that mainly values the possibility of studying without having to leave the city of residence.
In the national set, there are fifteen cities that suspend quality of life according to their own citizens. The ranking (from worst to best) is led by Las Palmas, followed by Palma de Mallorca, Badalona, Alicante, Seville, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Malaga, Valencia, Madrid, Murcia, Hospitalet, Granada, Vigo, Barcelona and Cartagena.
Only 15 Spanish cities approve, although the majority scraped. The ten best places to live are, in this order, Pamplona, Vitoria, Gijón, Bilbao, Logroño, Albacete, Oviedo, Valladolid, Santander and Badajoz, followed by La Coruña, Zaragoza, Terrasa, Córdoba and Elche.
But even these fifteen cities do not get good grades. Pamplona, where health and education explain its national leadership in a good way, barely gets 62 points out of 100; and only the first seven cities in the ranking are included in the ‘Top 50’ of the 124 cities (including those of Spain, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Brazil) analyzed by the OCU in its global study.
“In Spain you don’t live well and we are going to get worse.” This is the main conclusion of the report of the Organization of Consumers and Users, which highlights that no Spanish city is even close to the notable one and that the map is “extremely uneven”, indicating that “one lives better in the north than In the south”.
From the OCU they explain that, in the midst of crisis, what makes a city a good place to live is that there is work. When asked the question “what worries you the most in life?”, The majority of Spaniards who participated in the survey have no doubts: unemployment. And of course, with this premise hardly Granada, one of the cities with the highest unemployment rate in all of Spain, was going to come out well.
The priorities of the Spanish to assess the quality of life in their localities are completed with the health system, transport and mobility, education and citizen security, essential requirements to give a good score to their city.
The OCU study also ensures that Spain lives worse now than it did five years ago. At a general level, 35% of Spaniards think that their quality of life has worsened.