Where to live in Chile: best places in Santiago and outside

Looking for a great place to live in Chile? We tell you what are the best areas to live in Santiago and outside... photos included!

Where to live in Chile: best places in Santiago and outside

25/05/2017, updated 15/06/2023

You have just decided that you will be living in Chile for the new few years? Or maybe your boss has just announced you that the company has an interesting opportunity for you there?

And now you are wondering where to live in chile?

Let's have a look at Chile. In this section, we will see where most expats live. This will allow you to get a better understanding of the different areas, and (hopefully) decide where in Chile you want to relocate.

If you need help to decide or, if you have specific criteria and are looking for the perfect place, do not hesitate to book a call with us.

A few words about Chile

The country is very concentrated. The Chilean population (around 19 millions inhabitants) is mostly located in the metropolitan region around Santiago (40%), the regions of Valparaiso and Concepción (around 6-7% each). The remaining 50% are living in the rest of the country.

In the table below, you can find the top 10 of the biggest cities in Chile. You can easily notice that the amount of population decreases really quickly.


TOP 10 cities in Chile

Gran SantiagoMetropolitana de Santiago6.158.080
Gran ConcepciónBiobío1.083.043
Gran ValparaísoValparaíso1.066.893
Gran La SerenaCoquimbo413.716
Gran TemucoAraucanía410.520
Gran IquiqueTarapacá279.408
Gran RancaguaO'Higgins277.090
Gran Puerto MonttLos Lagos266.200

Where do foreigners live in Chile?

As a foreigner, you are likely to work in Santiago. Most large companies have their offices in the metropolitan region. Therefore, most expatriates live in Santiago. Some prefer Valparaiso/Viña del Mar, especially those who can afford to work remotely.

Yet, it really depends on what you plan to do in Chile. Indeed, if you are specialized in a sector like mining exploration, you may find more opportunities in the north of Chile near Antofagasta. If you are looking for a job in the tourism sector, it is good to know that this is one of the leading sectors in the southern regions. It can be worth to look for positions in these regions. You'll likely be facing less competition than in the region of Santiago.

In this section, you will find a detailed description of the various cities (communas) where foreigners live in Chile. Please click on the links below for more information:

In the Santiago region:

Just south and west of Santiago, these cities can also be great alternatives if you don't mind a more rural way of life, amongst the vineyards:

  • Pirque
  • Isla de Maipo
  • Casablanca

Near the sea, most foreigners live in the fifth region, not to be too far from Santiago. You should have a look at:

  • Valparaiso
  • Viña del Mar
  • Renata
  • Concon

And the rest of Chile?

As far as the other regions are concerned, there are very few expatriates who live there. Therefore, it is quite difficult to get up-to-date information. If you live there, we will be happy to hear your opinion on your region/city. Pros, cons, photos…

If you are interested in a particular region, and if you have difficulties finding information, here is a tip: it can be interesting to contact the main companies located in these regions (especially international ones). You will be able to ask if one or more expats are working there. If you can manage to get their contacts, this will allow you to get information and a more precise understanding of the region.

Finally, contacting a high-end real estate agent could also be a good option to gain contacts with other expatriates.

Good luck!

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