’nuff said

This is a list of the world’s cities by quality of living, according to the “Mercer Human Resource Consulting Quality of Living Survey”.[1])

In 2010, Vienna won the title as the highest ranked city, followed by Zurich (2), Geneva (3),and jointly Vancouver (4) and Auckland (4). The quality of living survey covers 221 cities and 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 on internal stability, crime, effectiveness of law enforcement and relationships with other countries. In this case, Luxembourg is top, followed by BernGenevaHelsinki and Zurich, all equally placed at number 2.

The 2010 survey identified Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, Vancouver and Auckland as having the highest quality of living. The least desirable cities were found to be Baghdad and Bangui in the Central African Republic which scored 14.7 and 27.4 respectively.

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

Bucklands Beach on a lazy Sunday evening: Snapped on my cell while walking to the "dairy" to buy a newspaper

2010 Rank↓ City↓ Country↓ Index 2010↓
1 Vienna Austria Austria 108.6
2 Zurich Switzerland Switzerland 108.0
3 Geneva Switzerland Switzerland 107.9
4 Vancouver Canada Canada 107.4
4 Auckland New Zealand New Zealand 107.4
6 Düsseldorf Germany Germany 107.2
7 Frankfurt Germany Germany 107.0
7 Munich Germany Germany 107.0
9 Bern Switzerland Switzerland 106.5
9 Sydney Australia Australia 106.3
11 Copenhagen Denmark Denmark 106.2
12 Wellington New Zealand New Zealand 105.9
13 Amsterdam Netherlands The Netherlands 105.7
14 Ottawa Canada Canada 105.5
15 Brussels Belgium Belgium 105.4
16 Toronto Canada Canada 105.3
17 Berlin Germany Germany 105.0
18 Melbourne Australia Australia 104.8
19 Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg 104.6
20 Stockholm Sweden Sweden 104.5
21 Perth Australia Australia 104.2
21 Montreal Canada Canada 104.2
23 Hamburg Germany Germany 104.1
24 Nürnberg Germany Germany 103.9
24 Oslo Norway Norway 103.9
26 Canberra Australia Australia 103.6
27 Dublin Republic of Ireland Ireland 103.6
28 Calgary Canada Canada 103.5
28 Singapore Singapore Singapore 103.5
30 Stuttgart Germany Germany 103.3
31 Honolulu United States United States 103.1
32 Adelaide Australia Australia 103.0
32 San Francisco United States United States 103.0
34 Paris France France 102.9
35 Helsinki Finland Finland 102.6
36 Brisbane Australia Australia 102.4
37 Boston United States United States 102.2
38 Lyon France France 101.9
39 London United Kingdom United Kingdom 101.6
40 Tokyo JapanJapan 101.4
41 Milan Italy Italy 100.8
41 Kobe Japan Japan 100.8
41 Yokohama Japan Japan 100.8
44 Barcelona Spain Spain 100.6
45 Chicago United States United States 100.3
45 Lisbon Portugal Portugal 100.3
45 Portland, OR United States United States 100.3
45 Washington DC United States United States 100.3
48 Madrid Spain Spain 100.2
49 New York City United States United States 100.0
50 Seattle United States United States 99.8

Ironically when we were first married our plan was to settle in Vancouver – I was going to study at the University of British Columbia and it was all sorted. Unfortunately we did not have the financial guarantees we needed so our plans were put on hold for about 24 years.

In case you are interested Cape Town scores 85.7 and Joburg 83.3. Only Port Louis in Mauritius is rate higher among “African” countries.

Here’s the link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_quality_of_living

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4 Responses to ’nuff said

  1. karie says:

    Yep, cool, as you know who says. Ironic, as you say that Vancouver and Auckland rate the same and are about the same impossible distance from SA.

  2. Ash says:

    Ok, Ok we geddit!
    Seriously though, keep adding to that list. Most encouraging and inspiring. (We’ll discount the bedbugs)

    • Sally says:

      And Wellington (NZ) placed at #12… that tells me something about NZ, not just about the cities.

      Interesting also that Cape Town and JHB rank so closely together – again tells you something about the country.

  3. Sally says:

    Found this interesting: Auckland cost of living.

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