Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia. It is the capital of Colombia’s mountainous Antioquia province. Nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, it hosts a famous annual Flower Festival. The city has an estimated population of 3 million as of early 2017. With its surrounding area that includes nine other cities, the metropolitan area of Medellín is the second-largest urban agglomeration in Colombia in terms of population and economy, with more than 3.7 million people.
In 2012, Medellín was nominated most innovative city and in 2013, Medellín beat Tel Aviv and New York to be named Innovative City of the Year, in a competition sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and Citigroup. While the city is healing the scars of a violent history, Medellín has used leadership and innovation to increase efficiency in public services to move towards becoming a hub of innovation, investment and entrepreneurism.
Eight of the best hospitals are located in Medellín and 80% of international patients come from the USA. Costs are less than 50% than in America, with top of the line medical facilities and doctors.
Culture, safety, and first world accommodations along with a cheaper cost of living is a drawing point for many expats.