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, Germany, New Zealand, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Australia, Sweden and the United States.[2] Vienna (Austria) has been ranked first for ten consecutive years. Germany and Switzerland dominate the top 10 with 3 cities each.

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.

2019 rank[3] 2018 rank[4] 2016 rank 2015 rank 2014 rank 2012 rank 2010 rank City Country Index 2010
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Vienna Austria Austria 108.6
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 Zürich Switzerland Switzerland 108.0
3 3 4 4 4 4 7 Munich Germany Germany 107.0
3 4 3 3 3 3 4 Auckland New Zealand New Zealand 107.4
3 5 5 5 5 5 3 Vancouver Canada Canada 107.4
6 6 6 6 6 6 6 Düsseldorf Germany Germany 107.2
7 7 7 7 7 7 7 Frankfurt Germany Germany 107.0
8 9 9 9 9 9 11 Copenhagen Denmark Denmark 106.2
9 8 8 8 8 8 3 Geneva Switzerland Switzerland 107.9
10 10 Basel Switzerland Switzerland
11 10 10 10 10 10 10 Sydney Australia Australia 106.3
11 12 11 11 11 12 13 Amsterdam Netherlands Netherlands 105.7
13 13 13 14 16 17 Berlin Germany Germany 105.0
14 14 14 13 10 10 9 Bern Switzerland Switzerland 106.5
15 15 12 12 12 13 12 Wellington New Zealand New Zealand 105.9
16 16 15 15 15 15 16 Toronto Canada Canada 105.3
17 16 15 16 17 18 Melbourne Australia Australia 104.8
18 18 19 19 19 19 Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg 104.6
19 19 17 16 14 14 14 Ottawa Canada Canada 105.5
19 19 18 16 17 23 Hamburg Germany Germany 104.1
21 21 21 22 21 21 Perth Australia Australia 104.2
21 21 23 24 23 23 21 Montreal Canada Canada 104.2
23 23 19 19 19 20 Stockholm Sweden Sweden 104.5
23 23 25 25 24 24 Nuremberg Germany Germany 103.9
25 25 26 26 25 28 Singapore Singapore Singapore 103.5
25 25 30 31 32 24 Oslo Norway Norway 103.9
27 28 24 21 27 30 Stuttgart Germany Germany 103.3
28 27 21 22 22 15 Brussels Belgium Belgium 105.4
29 29 27 27 29 32 Adelaide Australia Australia 103.0
30 30 28 30 26 26 Canberra Australia Australia 103.6
31 32 30 31 32 35 Helsinki Finland Finland 102.6
32 33 32 33 32 28 Calgary Canada Canada 103.5
33 34 33 34 34 35 26 Dublin Republic of Ireland Ireland 103.6
34 30 28 27 27 29 32 San Francisco United States United States 103.0
35 37 36 37 37 36 Brisbane Australia Australia 102.4
36 35 34 34 35 37 Boston United States United States 102.2
37 36 35 36 28 31 Honolulu United States United States 103.1
37 38 42 41 43 44 45 Lisbon Portugal Portugal 100.3
39 39 37 27 29 34 Paris France France 102.9
40 40 38 39 39 38 Lyon France France 101.9
41 41 39 40 38 39 London United Kingdom United Kingdom 101.6
41 42 41 41 41 41 Milan Italy Italy 100.8
43 43 39 38 40 44 Barcelona Spain Spain 100.6
44 45 44 44 44 49 New York City United States United States 100.0
45 46 46 Edinburgh United Kingdom United Kingdom
46 44 46 44 44 50 Seattle United States United States 99.8
46 49 Madrid Spain Spain
48 50 Glasgow United Kingdom United Kingdom
49 47 43 43 42 45 Chicago United States United States 100.3
49 50 44 44 44 40 Tokyo Japan Japan 101.4
49 50 46 47 48 41 Kobe Japan Japan 100.8
49 50 Birmingham United Kingdom United Kingdom
53 48 51 50 43 45 Washington, D.C. United States United States 100.3
54 50 Philadelphia United States United States
55 Yokohama Japan Japan
56 Rome Italy Italy
57 Aberdeen United Kingdom United Kingdom
58 Osaka Japan Japan
59 Pittsburgh United States United States
60 Leipzig Germany Germany
61 Minneapolis United States United States
62 Nagoya Japan Japan
63 Dallas United States United States
64 Atlanta United States United States
64 Belfast United Kingdom United Kingdom
66 Houston United States United States
66 Los Angeles United States United States
66 Miami United States United States
69 Prague Czech Republic Czech Republic
70 St. Louis United States United States
71 Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR
72 Detroit United States United States
72 Pointe-à-Pitre France Guadeloupe
74 Dubai United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
74 Ljubljana Slovenia Slovenia
76 Budapest Hungary Hungary
77 Seoul South Korea South Korea
78 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
78 Montevideo Uruguay Uruguay
80 Bratislava Slovakia Slovakia
81 Vilnius Lithuania Lithuania
82 Warsaw Poland Poland
83 Port Louis Mauritius Mauritius
84 Taipei Taiwan Taiwan
85 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Malaysia
86 Limassol Cyprus Cyprus
86 Tallinn Estonia Estonia
88 Durban South Africa South Africa
89 Athens Greece Greece
90 Riga Latvia Latvia
91 Buenos Aires Argentina Argentina
92 San Juan Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
93 Santiago Chile Chile
94 Busan South Korea South Korea
95 Cape Town South Africa South Africa
96 Johannesburg South Africa South Africa
97 Panama City Panama Panama
98 Victoria Seychelles Seychelles
98 Zagreb Croatia Croatia
100 Wroclaw Poland Poland

Top cities by region[edit]

Europe

Rank City Overall Ranking 2019
1 Austria Vienna 1
2 Switzerland Zürich 2
3 Germany Munich 3
4 Germany Düsseldorf 6
5 Germany Frankfurt 7

Oceania

Rank City Overall Ranking 2019
1 New Zealand Auckland 3
2 Australia Sydney 11
3 New Zealand Wellington 15
4 Australia Melbourne 17
5 Australia Perth 21

Northern America

Rank City Overall Ranking 2019
1 Canada Vancouver 3
2 Canada Toronto 16
3 Canada Ottawa 19
4 Canada Montreal 21
5 Canada Calgary 32

Asia

Rank City Overall Ranking 2019
1 Singapore Singapore 25
2 Japan Kobe 49
2 Japan Tokyo 49
4 Japan Yokohama 55
5 Japan Osaka 58

Latin America

Rank City Overall Ranking 2019
1 Guadeloupe Pointe-à-Pitre 72
2 Uruguay Montevideo 78
3 Argentina Buenos Aires 91
4 Puerto Rico San Juan 92
5 Chile Santiago 93

Africa

Rank City Overall Ranking 2019
1 Mauritius Port Louis 83
2 South Africa Durban 88
3 South Africa Cape Town 95
4 South Africa Johannesburg 96
5 Seychelles Victoria 98

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. ^ "Quality of Living City Ranking". mercer.com. MERCER. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.mercer.ch/newsroom/quality-of-living-2018.html

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