Mercer Quality of Living Survey

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The Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks 231 cities from Vienna to Baghdad on quality of life.[1] Countries with cities commonly ranked in the top 50 include Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Australia, Sweden and the United States.[2] Vienna has been ranked first for eight consecutive years.

The quality of living survey is conducted to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments. The survey also identifies those cities with the highest personal safety ranking based upon internal stability, crime, effectiveness of law enforcement and relationships with other countries. In this case, Luxembourg is top, followed by Bern, Helsinki and Zürich, all equally placed at number 2.[citation needed]

Scoring[edit]

The 231 cities are evaluated on 39 factors including political, economic, environmental, personal safety, health, education, transportation and other public service factors.[citation needed] In 2010, cities were compared to New York City which was given a base score of 100.

Basel, Switzerland
Toronto, Canada
San Francisco, United States
Berlin, Germany
Copenhagen, Denmark
Melbourne, Australia
Singapore
Dublin, Ireland
Lisbon, Portugal
Chicago, United States
2018 rank[3] 2016 rank 2015 rank 2014 rank 2012 rank 2010 rank City Country Index 2010
1 1 1 1 1 1 Vienna Austria Austria 108.6
2 2 2 2 2 2 Zürich Switzerland Switzerland 108.0
3 3 3 3 3 4 Auckland New Zealand New Zealand 107.4
3 4 4 4 4 7 Munich Germany Germany 107.0
5 5 5 5 5 4 Vancouver Canada Canada 107.4
6 6 6 6 6 6 Düsseldorf Germany Germany 107.2
7 7 7 7 7 7 Frankfurt Germany Germany 107.0
8 8 8 8 8 3 Geneva Switzerland Switzerland 107.9
9 9 9 9 9 11 Copenhagen Denmark Denmark 106.2
10 Basel Switzerland Switzerland
10 10 10 10 10 10 Sydney Australia Australia 106.3
12 11 11 11 12 13 Amsterdam Netherlands Netherlands 105.7
13 13 14 16 17 Berlin Germany Germany 105.0
14 14 13 10 10 9 Bern Switzerland Switzerland 106.5
15 12 12 12 13 12 Wellington New Zealand New Zealand 105.9
16 15 15 15 15 16 Toronto Canada Canada 105.3
16 15 16 17 18 Melbourne Australia Australia 104.8
18 19 19 19 19 Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg 104.6
19 17 16 14 14 14 Ottawa Canada Canada 105.5
19 18 16 17 23 Hamburg Germany Germany 104.1
21 21 22 21 21 Perth Australia Australia 104.2
21 23 24 23 23 21 Montreal Canada Canada 104.2
23 19 19 19 20 Stockholm Sweden Sweden 104.5
23 25 25 24 24 Nuremberg Germany Germany 103.9
25 26 26 25 28 Singapore Singapore Singapore 103.5
25 30 31 32 24 Oslo Norway Norway 103.9
27 21 22 22 15 Brussels Belgium Belgium 105.4
28 24 21 27 30 Stuttgart Germany Germany 103.3
29 27 27 29 32 Adelaide Australia Australia 103.0
30 28 27 27 29 32 San Francisco United States United States 103.0
30 28 30 26 26 Canberra Australia Australia 103.6
32 30 31 32 35 Helsinki Finland Finland 102.6
33 32 33 32 28 Calgary Canada Canada 103.5
34 33 34 34 35 26 Dublin Republic of Ireland Ireland 103.6
35 34 34 35 37 Boston United States United States 102.2
36 35 36 28 31 Honolulu United States United States 103.1
37 36 37 37 36 Brisbane Australia Australia 102.4
38 42 41 43 44 45 Lisbon Portugal Portugal 100.3
39 37 27 29 34 Paris France France 102.9
40 38 39 39 38 Lyon France France 101.9
41 39 40 38 39 London United Kingdom United Kingdom 101.6
42 41 41 41 41 Milan Italy Italy 100.8
43 39 38 40 44 Barcelona Spain Spain 100.6
44 46 44 44 50 Seattle United States United States 99.8
45 44 44 44 49 New York City United States United States 100.0
46 46 Edinburgh United Kingdom United Kingdom
47 43 43 42 45 Chicago United States United States 100.3
48 51 50 43 45 Washington, D.C. United States United States 100.3
49 Madrid Spain Spain
50 44 44 44 40 Tokyo Japan Japan 101.4
50 46 47 48 41 Kobe Japan Japan 100.8
50 Birmingham United Kingdom United Kingdom
50 Glasgow United Kingdom United Kingdom
50 Philadelphia United States United States

Top cities by region[edit]

Europe[4]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City 2010 Score
1 1 Austria Vienna 108.6
2 2 Switzerland Zürich 108.0
3 4 Germany Munich 107.0
4 6 Germany Düsseldorf 107.2
5 7 Germany Frankfurt 107.0

Oceania[4]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City 2010 Score
1 3 New Zealand Auckland 107.4
2 10 Australia Sydney 106.3
3 15 New Zealand Wellington 105.9
4 16 Australia Melbourne 104.8
5 21 Australia Perth 104.2

North America[4]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City 2010 Score
1 5 Canada Vancouver 107.4
2 16 Canada Toronto 105.3
3 18 Canada Ottawa 105.5
4 23 Canada Montreal 104.2
5 29 United States San Francisco 103.0

Asia[4]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City 2010 Score
1 25 Singapore Singapore 103.5
2 47 Japan Tokyo 101.4
3 50 Japan Kobe 100.8
4 51 Japan Yokohama 100.8
5 60 Japan Osaka -

South America[4]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City
1 79 Uruguay Montevideo
2 93 Argentina Buenos Aires
3 95 Chile Santiago
4 109 Brazil Brasilia
5 115 Paraguay Asuncion

Africa[4]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City
1 84 Mauritius Port Louis
2 87 South Africa Durban
3 94 South Africa Cape Town
4 96 South Africa Johannesburg
5 114 Tunisia Tunis

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quality of Living worldwide city rankings 2010 – Mercer survey". Mercer.com. 26 May 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "2015 quality of living survey". Mercer. 4 March 2015. 
  3. ^ https://www.mercer.ch/newsroom/quality-of-living-2018.html
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Mercer's 2017 Quality of Living Rankings". www.imercer.com. Retrieved 2017-03-16. 

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