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The rise of intermediate cities

Posted by Olga on 6 April, 2021
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Contact with nature has become a need and priority for many in the last years. The possibilities of remote work and virtual education have made people reconsider displacement and housing priorities, as well as in-house meetings for institutions. Individuals are changing daily dynamics, putting health and well-being above every risk.

As a result, there has been a genuine interest in finding healthier places to live. Especially today, the windows are permanently opened and the fresh air is more valued. Specialized media speak of an acceleration in migration to intermediate cities, cities that have gained importance in recent years and that play a fundamental role in sustainability.

According to a publication by United Cities and Local Governments – UCLG, intermediate cities connect rural and urban areas. It provides country-dwellers the access to job opportunities, basic facilities and specialized services, while playing an important role in the global urbanization process and strategic planning for the near future.

Intermediate cities offer three main benefits to their inhabitants:


Lower housing, transportation and socialization costs than in large cities, thanks to shorter distances and the dynamics of supply and lower demand. At the same time, Colombia has registered a higher GDP in intermediate cities, above some main cities in the country. This, thanks to a better-qualified workforce, as well as an increase in investment in education and the emergence of micro-enterprises in various specialties. All this translates into greater purchasing power for its inhabitants.

Less time on the road

Intermediate cities are also known as medium cities. This represents shorter distances and less mobility time from one place to another, which is reflected in a better quality of life. In other words, citizens have the possibility to take advantage of more time at home, optimize their working hours and make day-to-day obligations more flexible.

Accessibility to the country side

Travel restrictions have led city dwellers to understand the need to unplug. Intermediate cities, besides having access to basic needs and some specialized services, are closer to parks and natural refuges. In other words, it offers its citizens a calmer and more pleasant environment for the toils of everyday life.

Santa Marta, is one of many intermediate cities with the highest urban growth in the Colombian Caribbean Coast and an enormous development potential in the tourism sector. Its location is privileged, surrounded by three beautiful natural parks of great importance in Colombia: the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the Tayrona National Natural Park and the Ciénaga Grande del Magdalena.

Our company counts on beautiful spaces and new builds in our online property listings. In Santa Marta, you’ll permanently enjoy pleasant views and surroundings full of fresh air and nature.

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