Mercer Quality of Living Survey

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The Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks 231 cities from Vienna to Baghdad on quality of life.[1] Countries with cities commonly ranked in the top 50 include Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Australia, Sweden and the United States.[2] Vienna has been ranked first for eight 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.[citation needed]

Scoring

The 231 cities are evaluated on 39 factors including political, economic, environmental, personal safety, health, education, transportation and other public service factors.[citation needed] In 2010, 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
2016 Rank 2015 Rank 2014 Rank 2012 Rank 2010 Rank City Country Index 2010
1 1 1 1 1 Vienna Austria Austria 108.6
2 2 2 2 2 Zürich Switzerland Switzerland 108.0
3 3 3 3 4 Auckland New Zealand New Zealand 107.4
4 4 4 4 7 Munich Germany Germany 107.0
5 5 5 5 4 Vancouver Canada Canada 107.4
6 6 6 6 6 Düsseldorf Germany Germany 107.2
7 7 7 7 7 Frankfurt Germany Germany 107.0
8 8 8 8 3 Geneva Switzerland Switzerland 107.9
9 9 9 9 11 Copenhagen Denmark Denmark 106.2
10 10 10 10 10 Sydney Australia Australia 106.3
11 11 11 12 13 Amsterdam Netherlands Netherlands 105.7
12 12 12 13 12 Wellington New Zealand New Zealand 105.9
13 14 16 17 Berlin Germany Germany 105.0
14 13 10 10 9 Bern Switzerland Switzerland 106.5
15 15 15 15 16 Toronto Canada Canada 105.3
15 16 17 18 Melbourne Australia Australia 104.8
17 16 14 14 14 Ottawa Canada Canada 105.5
18 16 17 23 Hamburg Germany Germany 104.1
19 19 19 19 Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg 104.6
19 19 19 20 Stockholm Sweden Sweden 104.5
21 22 22 15 Brussels Belgium Belgium 105.4
21 22 21 21 Perth Australia Australia 104.2
23 24 23 23 21 Montreal Canada Canada 104.2
24 21 27 30 Stuttgart Germany Germany 103.3
25 25 24 24 Nuremberg Germany Germany 103.9
26 26 25 28 Singapore Singapore Singapore 103.5
27 27 29 32 Adelaide Australia Australia 103.0
28 27 27 29 32 San Francisco United States United States 103.0
28 30 26 26 Canberra Australia Australia 103.6
30 31 32 35 Helsinki Finland Finland 102.6
30 31 32 24 Oslo Norway Norway 103.9
32 33 32 28 Calgary Canada Canada 103.5
33 34 34 35 26 Dublin Republic of Ireland Ireland 103.6
34 34 35 37 Boston United States United States 102.2
35 36 28 31 Honolulu United States United States 103.1
36 37 37 36 Brisbane Australia Australia 102.4
37 27 29 34 Paris France France 102.9
38 39 39 38 Lyon France France 101.9
39 38 40 44 Barcelona Spain Spain 100.6
39 40 38 39 London United Kingdom United Kingdom 101.6
41 41 41 41 Milan Italy Italy 100.8
42 41 43 44 45 Lisbon Portugal Portugal 100.3
43 43 42 45 Chicago United States United States 100.3
44 44 44 49 New York City United States United States 100.0
44 44 44 40 Tokyo Japan Japan 101.4
46 Edinburgh United Kingdom United Kingdom
46 47 48 41 Kobe Japan Japan 100.8
46 44 44 50 Seattle United States United States 99.8
49 48 Los Angeles United States United States
49 48 49 41 Yokohama Japan Japan 100.8
51 50 43 45 Washington, D.C. United States United States 100.3

Top cities by region

Europe[3]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City
1 1 Austria Vienna
2 2 Switzerland Zürich
3 4 Germany Munich
4 6 Germany Düsseldorf
5 7 Germany Frankfurt

Oceania[3]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City
1 3 New Zealand Auckland
2 10 Australia Sydney
3 15 New Zealand Wellington
4 16 Australia Melbourne
5 22 Australia Perth

North America[3]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City
1 5 Canada Vancouver
2 16 Canada Toronto
3 18 Canada Ottawa
4 23 Canada Montréal
5 29 United States San Francisco

Asia[3]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City
1 25 Singapore Singapore
2 47 Japan Tokyo
3 50 Japan Kobe
4 51 Japan Yokohama
5 60 Japan Osaka

South America[3]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City
1 79 Uruguay Montevideo
2 93 Argentina Buenos Aires
3 95 Chile Santiago
4 109 Brazil Brasilia
5 115 Paraguay Asuncion

Africa[3]

Rank Overall Ranking 2017 City
1 84 Mauritius Port Louis
2 87 South Africa Durban
3 94 South Africa Cape Town
4 96 South Africa Johannesburg
5 114 Tunisia Tunis

See also

References

  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. ^ a b c d e f "Mercer's 2017 Quality of Living Rankings". www.imercer.com. Retrieved 2017-03-16. 

External links

  • Mercer's Quality of Living survey page
  • 2011 Quality of Living Worldwide Survey – city rankings (press release ). Mercer.com. Archived from the original on 28.11.2012.
  • 2011 Mercer Quality of Living Interactive World Map
  • 2012 Quality of Living Worldwide Survey – city rankings (press release)
  • Full rankings
  • 2017 Mercer Quality of Living City Rankings
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