Vienna has the world’s best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2015 Quality of Living rankings. Overall, European cities dominate the top of the ranking along with Zurich, Auckland, and Munich in second, third, and fourth places respectively.
How many of the top 10 highest quality cities have you been to or lived in?
In North America, Canadian cities rank highest, with Vancouver landing in the top 10, followed by Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. San Francisco is the highest ranking US city, coming in at 27th place. Boston (34) and Honolulu (36) were the other US cities that ranked highly. Chicago, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington DC all landed in the top 50. Atlanta came in at 66.
Singapore (26) is the highest-ranking Asian city, whereas Dubai (74) ranks first across the Middle East and Africa. Montevideo in Uruguay (78) takes the top spot for South America.
Baghdad comes in at the bottom of the list, along with several cities in Africa. Have you been to any of the lowest ranking cities?
I’m lucky enough to have traveled to nearly every city in the top 10– with one painful exception: Vienna! It’s at the top of my European bucket list! I lived in Sydney as a management consultant in the 1980s and would move back in a heartbeat if I was not already located in top ranked San Francisco 🙂
Which cities have you traveled to or lived in? And which one would you most like to live and work in? Among the top 10, I’d probably choose Copenhagen, which I recently wrote about for BBC.
Mercer conducts its Quality of Living survey annually to help multinational companies and other employers compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. What factors contribute to a city’s ranking? Here’s what Mercer says:
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