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 Bern, Geneva, Helsinki 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, 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.
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