How can I find out the character and cultural dimensions of a city?


To show, in a simple way, what the cultural dimensions of a city are, we use two instruments, the cultural profile and the city typology. Our objective is not to produce a ranking; our indicators were not conceived for that. The idea is to find out what a city excels in and thus, for example, use this information to orient local development processes. The best way to achieve this aim is to compare each city with others similar to it in terms of size. You can choose which criteria or basis for comparison you use from among the various possibilities the system offers(puede consultarlos en la(see Table 4) . LThe data is from 2009-2010.

The cultural profile of the citythis shows, in a simple graphic, the Performance Index of the city in each of the dimensions with its corresponding approach (See Table 1) . Three lines appear in each figure.

- The average for all cities: the average Performance Index for Spanish cities of more than 50,000 inhabitants. They are represented by the value zero, with a vertical broken line in the graphic.

- The city score: The Performance Index for each city for each dimension, measured on the basis of the difference from the average of all the cities. This gives the distance of the city from the average of all those analyzed. This appears in red.

- The average of the cities in the same group: The Performance Index average of the cities which due to their size or other characteristics are similar to the city in question. This appears in blue.

The graph on the right shows, as an example, the city of Benidorm ((in red) ) in the group of all the cities (broken vertical line equal to zero) and those which are, like it, in this case, cities from 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants (in blue).



The Typology of cities defines different types of cities for each approach on the basis of multivariate analyzes that show how different dimensions are associated with each other. First, by adding up the dimensions of each approach into two basic dimensions, and then from these, by delimiting three types, whose main characteristics are summarized in Table 2.

Remember, the Performance Index shows specialization, not the number of amenities. Therefore, cities with cultural profiles that are more balanced between the dimensions appear closer to the centre point of the graph, with those farther away being more specialized. It’s thus better to compare cities with others that are similar to them. For example, Benidorm, as it appears among the set of other cities between 50-100 thousand inhabitants is a clear tourist type city (the graph on the right).

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