Mercer Quality of Living Survey

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The Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks 221 cities from Vienna to Baghdad on quality of life.[1] Countries with cities commonly ranked in the top 50 include United States, Austria, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, New Zealand, Australia and Canada.[2]

In 2010, Vienna won the title as the highest ranked city, followed by Zürich (2), Geneva (3), jointly Vancouver (4) and Auckland (4), and Düsseldorf (5). Vienna has been ranked first for six 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.

Scoring[edit]

The cities — 221 in total — were evaluated on 39 factors including political, economic, environmental, personal safety, health, education, transportation and other public service factors. Cities were compared to New York City which was given a base score of 100.

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

Top cities by region[edit]

North America

Rank Overall Ranking 2010 City Quality of living
1 4 Canada Vancouver 107.4
2 14 Canada Ottawa 105.5
3 16 Canada Toronto 105.3
4 21 Canada Montréal 104.2
5 28 Canada Calgary 103.5

Asia

Rank Overall Ranking 2010 City Quality of living
1 28 Singapore Singapore 103.5
2 40 Japan Tokyo 101.4
3 41 Japan Yokohama 100.8
4 41 Japan Kobe 100.8
5 51 Japan Osaka 100.5

Europe

Rank Overall Ranking City Quality of living
1 1 Austria Vienna 108.6
2 2 Switzerland Zürich 108.0
3 3 Switzerland Geneva 107.9
4 6 Germany Düsseldorf 107.2
5 7 Germany Munich 107.0

Oceania

Rank Overall Ranking City Quality of living
1 4 New Zealand Auckland 107.4
2 10 Australia Sydney 106.3
3 12 New Zealand Wellington 105.9
4 18 Australia Melbourne 104.8
5 21 Australia Perth 104.2

Middle East & North Africa

Rank Overall Ranking City Quality of living
1 75 United Arab Emirates Dubai 87.0
2 83 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi 84.1
3 100 Oman Muscat 81.7

Sub-Saharan Africa

Rank Overall Ranking City Quality of living
1 82 Mauritius Port Louis 87.7
2 86 South Africa Cape Town 85.7
3 90 South Africa Johannesburg 83.3

Latin America[3][4]

2015 Rank (2012 Rank) 2015 Overall Ranking (2012 Overall Ranking) City
1 (1) 78 (77) Uruguay Montevideo
2 (2) 91 (81) Argentina Buenos Aires
3 (3) 93 (91) Chile Santiago
4 (4) 95 (93) Panama Panama City
5 (7) 106 (105) Costa Rica San José
6 (5) 107 (101) Brazil Brasília
7 (6) 109 (104) Mexico Monterrey
8 (8) 114 (111) Paraguay Asunción
9 (9) 119 (112) Brazil Rio de Janeiro
10 (10) 120 (115) Brazil São Paulo
11 (12) 124 (121) Peru Lima
12 (11) 126 (120) Mexico Mexico City
13 (-) 127 (-) Brazil Manaus
14 (13) 129 (125) Ecuador Quito
14 (14) 131 (130) Colombia Bogotá
15 (15) 150 (140) Guatemala Guatemala City

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. ^ "Full 2012 rankings – Mercer survey" (PDF). International HR Adviser. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Full 2015 rankings – Mercer survey". Mercer. March 4, 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 

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