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scorecard is a type of report that applies a numerical
value (score) against a defined set of criteria.
Taken together, this report provides a snapshot of
particular set of criteria at a single point in time.
Our scorecard is broken down into nine categories:
General Appearance, Infrastructure, Health & Safety,
Culture & Entertainment, Shopping, Real Estate,
Transportation, Environment and Miscellaneous.
those 9 categories, I have compiled 68 different
criteria. Each criteria has been worded as a "very
positive" comment. If I totally agreed with the
statement, I gave it a score of
5. If I totally
disagreed, I gave it a score of
1. A score of
basically said that I agree with the comment but have no
strong feelings either way.
scores of 2 and
4 simply reflect
a little more or less in my level of agreement with
the statement. This way, the higher the total score, the more pleases I am with that
location. If you have been to these places, your
assessment may be totally different.
score of NA
simply means that I did not have sufficient data to
offer an opinion.
Having spent my last 11 years of life in Charlotte,
NC, I used that town as my benchmark. All my
subjective ratings of these foreign cities were
based on that single point of reference. In
trying to compare Costa Rica with Ecuador and
Panama, the diversity of the three countries
required me to create three separate points of
measurement; URBAN, SUBURBAN and BEACH.
We compared San Jose Costa Rica, Panama City
Panama and Quito Ecuador. Each city in its
own right has plusses and negatives. While
we never lived in San Jose, we visit and do
business there on a frequent basis.
Since we lived on the outskirts of San Ramon de
Alajuela, we used that as our point of reference
for scoring the Central Valley. However,
to be fair, there are many other places within
the Central Valley which may rate higher and/or
lower. But for the sake of expediency, we
used only a single area. Panama's Boquete
and David were comparable locations as was
Since we now live at the beach, our current
lifestyle can not be compared to our Central
Valley life, hence the creation of this
category. But in fairness to Panama, we
only had time for a very cursory visit to just
one of their beach areas and did not spend
adequate time in researching.
The scorecard is in PDF format. You will need
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