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If You Live in the Greater Buenos Aires Area, You Could Be Living in a ‘Stress Zone’

By | [email protected] | September 19, 2017 6:32pm


Do you live in the Greater Buenos Aires area? You could be living in a “stress  zone”.

A recent survey conducted by the Universidad Abierta Interamericana (UAI), along with two private consulting firms, in seven different districts – or partidos – of the Buenos Aires Province sheds some light on which are the happiest and which are the most stressed ones.

The survey was made to study which district has the better living standards, the less stressful life, and better opportunities to start a local business. A total of 1450 people from seven different districts (such as Tigre, San Fernando, San Isidro and Malvinas Argentinas) participated in it.

According to the survey, Tigre, San Isidro, and San Fernando are the happiest districts while citizens from Malvinas Argentinas and Vicente López, are the unhappiest, most stressed ones.

The results also showed that people that live the farthest from the city center, have a better relationship with their respective families and the local community. In districts such as Escobar and Pilar, which are both further than 50 kilometers (some 31 miles) from downtown Buenos Aires, ninety-four percent of those surveyed said that they are “highly satisfied with their relationship with their family.”

Another question they were asked was how they perceive the economic situation of their district. As expected, people living in San Isidro and Vicente López perceived the economy as being in a better situation. Sixty-six percent and fifty-two percent, respectively, agreed that the economic situation of their partido was “good or very good.” Meanwhile, in Pilar and Escobar, citizens didn’t feel the same way. In fact,  they feel the economy is “appalling”. All of those surveyed were also questioned about the current state of Argentina’s economy, and only sixteen percent considered the situation to be “good or very good.” The majority of them (53 percent) replied that the economy was either doing “regular or bad.”

According to the survey, the happiest people and those that perceived the economic situation to be good live in the districts that are the farthest from the Buenos Aires metro area and closest to the river. However, Sergio Doval, director of the Public Opinion Program at the UAI, clarified that the citizens’ perceptions are not determined by their geographic location; rather it is determined by “their family relationships, the possibility of having a job and finding the solutions for their problems in the same district that they live in.”

Taking into account the relationship between the mayors and the districts’ population, the Kirchnerite “Frente Para la Victoria” (FpV) mayors were the ones perceived as the most concerned about the economic development of the district. And of course, mayors siding with the Cambiemos coalition were the ones who said they are less concerned about stimulating the local economies.

Finally, when those participating in the survey were asked for their mayors’ popularity, Gustavo Posse from San Isidro (Cambiemos) was the most popular one with sixty-one percent of positive image. Meanwhile, Ariel Sujarchuk, the mayor of Escobar (FoV) seems to only enjoy a 19 percent approval rating. Oh, and 52 percent of  his constituents apparently said they didn’t know who he was.

Sucks to be him.