We all desire to live in an ideal city. A place where the quality of living suits one’s chosen lifestyle. We usually consider the political and social environment of a city before choosing to move to that certain place. Stability, law enforcement and health care also matters in making that huge decision of migrating to a new city.
Recently, Mercer (an international human resource consulting company) released the annual Quality of Living Survey. The survey is based on what I have mentioned above, education, recreation, infrastructure, access to grocery markets, cost of housing, climate and susceptibility to natural disasters. Cities are also ranked against New York as the base city with an index score of 100.
Mercer also evaluated cities on the basis of their infrastructure, including electricity supply, water availability, telephone and mail services, public transportation, traffic congestion and the range of international flights from local airports.
So, without further ado, here the world’s five best places to live.
Vienna, Austria (Quality of Life Index: 105.5)
Located in the heart of Europe, Vienna is one of the cultural capitals of Europe and is just is just a train ride or short flight from Rome, Prague, Budapest and Paris. The city’s harmonious political and social environment plus its art and culture are just some of the reasons why it bagged the number one spot this year.
Zurich, Switzerland (Quality of Life Index: 108)
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the main commercial and cultural center of the country. Besides being a business center and a shopping paradise (for the wealthy, that is), Zürich is known for the Old Churches, such as the Grossmünster and the Fraumünster. There are also countless art galleries and museums of all sorts.
Geneva, Switzerland (Quality of Life Index: 107.9)
Geneva is a worldwide centre for diplomacy and international cooperation, and is widely regarded as a global city, mainly because of the presence of numerous international organizations such as the United Nations and the Red Cross. It is also dubbed as the “peace capital of the world”.
Vancouver, Canada (Quality of Life Index: 105.5)
Vancouver is internationally renowned for preserving its natural beauty within the metropolis. The city’s scenic location makes it a major tourist destination. It is also one of the largest industrial centers in Canada. The breathtaking views of the Vancouver and its environment have made it renowned for all over the word. In this year’s survey, Vancouver is tied to the fourth spot with Auckland, New Zealand.
Auckland, New Zealand (Quality of Life Index: 105.5)
Breathtaking scenery, beautiful beaches, invigorating walks, idyllic holiday islands, outstanding food and wine, great shopping and exciting nightlife. All these and more in New Zealand’s largest city. Auckland is best known as “the city of Sails” because of the number of yachts found in Auckland’s harbor.