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Chitre, Panama

In this Panama Special Report, we bring you the city of Chitré, located in Panama’s Herrera province.

Chitré is not just any sleepy old rural town and, in recent years, it has overtaken all of its neighbors and Chiriqui in terms of growth. According to the United Nations Development Program, it’s also a great place to live, enjoying Panama’s highest quality of life based on factors such as the education level of its population and life expectancy, measured in the Human Development Index.

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Chitre is an honest, unpretentious regional capital town. Its preoccupations are based on agriculture and local provincial commerce. It also offers its residents a growing choice of options in terms of dining out, shopping, and entertainment, so much so, in fact, that it’s barely necessary to travel to Panama City except to catch an international flight.

Set within a hinterland of tropical dry forest and cultivated agricultural land, Chitre has really flourished in recent years. Cosmopolitan and urban, with the quiet, secure feel of a much smaller country town, Chitre has a population of around 30,000 that seems to be growing all the time due to an unprecedented building boom and an influx of new business to the town and region.