Ten Best Cities to Live

There are zillion of studies about the quality of cities around the world which are perfect to build your nest and live happily ever after.  The credibility of those studies are dubious in most cases; however, I like to take a look at them to see if I can find a speck of truth in them.  Anyway, they’re entertaining if you’re a zealot of the Internet like I surely am.

Having said that, a consulting firm dubbed Mercer, analyzed local living conditions in 460 cities based on 39 factors including political stability, crime, access to medical supplies and services, air pollution, schools and recreation.  According to Mercer, below are the ten best cities to live arranged in order of preference.  Here we go.

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Auckland, New Zealand
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Vancouver, Canada
  6. Düsseldorf, Germany
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Geneva, Switzerland
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Bern, Switzerland and Sydney Australia were tied up in tenth place

It’s interesting to see that Europe is still the best geographical region to plant your roots.  Eighty percent of the best cities of the world are located in the Old Continent.  There must be something in their water.  Canada was the only representative of the American continent.  Sadly, not a single city from the United States was included; that was a big surprise.

Another surprise was the absence of any Italian or Greek cities; probably due to their economic problems after the 2008 global financial meltdown.   If I had the money, my choice would be Vienna in Austria.  That would be my indisputable destination—if I were a rich man, like the song, “Fiddler on the Roof”.  Good Day and Bon Voyage!

3 thoughts on “Ten Best Cities to Live”

  1. Morning Omar,
    One certain thing, when I read your blog I am always sure to get my mental exercise for the day. 🙂
    I had to look up Mercer, a US based company, to see how they did the ratings and rankings. It seems that they conduct all their surveys using New York City as their baseline. They also provide listings based on best infrastructure which results in a different ranking of cities.
    Their focus seems to be guidance to companies who are locating employees overseas with an eye to living allowances paid for those locations.
    I’m sure Mercer is a great company but I favor the USA and Panama at the top of my list.

  2. Oh, fiddlesticks. You couldn’t give me a single one of those cities. I have my own baseline, and it probably would horrify the folks at Mercer. Still, as you say, it’s interesting. 😉

  3. Hi Linda and Jim & Nena:

    Mmmm. I don’t know, but I’ve always had a crush on Vienna and all those wonderful waltzes. Gimme Vienna all the time and you’ll have a happy man with a broad smile on his face. Remember The Blue Danube? Bravísimo! 🙂

    Have a great day,


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