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    The world's best cities

    OK, a slightly misleading title, but some group does this once a year. It's not so much based on the best as those with the highest standard of living.

    I live in the 6th best..... It feels like it too.

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    Swiss and German cities dominate
    ranking of best cities in the world
    A report by Mercer Consulting
    10 June 2008: Zurich, Vienna and Geneva are the best cities in the world as far as quality of live is concerned, says Mercer Consulting in a survey published in June 2008. Vancouver (Canada) and Auckland (New Zealand) are placed fourth and fifth respectively, followed by three German cities: Düsseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt. Tokyo, London and Madrid are all outside the top 25. Overall, Baghdad is, not surprisingly, the lowest ranking city in the survey.

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    In the UK, London ranks 38, while Birmingham and Glasgow are jointly 56. The highest entry for the United States is Honolulu, appearing at number 28. The cities with the lowest quality of living ranking are Ndjamena (211), Khartoum (212), Brazzaville (213) and Bangui (214). Baghdad, ranking 215, retains its position at the bottom of the table.

    The rankings are based on a point-scoring index, which sees Zurich scoring 108, while Baghdad scores 13.5. Cities are compared to New York as the base city, with an index score of 100. The quality of living survey covers 215 cities and is conducted by Mercer Consulting to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments.

    The world's top cities offering the best quality of life
    (New York City is the base city with a score of 100 points)

    2008 Rank 2007 Rank City Country Points
    1 1 Zurich Switzerland 108.0
    =2 3 Vienna Austria 107.9
    =2 2 Geneva Switzerland 107.9
    4 4 Vancouver Canada 107.6
    5 5 Auckland New Zealand 107.3
    6 5 Düsseldorf Germany 107.2
    =7 8 Munich Germany 107.0
    =7 7 Frankfurt Germany 107.0
    9 9 Bern Switzerland 106.5
    19 9 Sydney Australia 106.3
    11 11 Copenhagen Denmark 106.2
    12 12 Wellington New Zealand 105.8
    13 13 Amsterdam Netherlands 105.7
    14 14 Brussels Belgium 105.4
    15 15 Toronto Canada 105.3
    16 16 Berlin Germany 105.0
    =17 17 Melbourne Australia 104.8
    =17 18 Luxembourg Luxembourg 104.8
    19 18 Ottawa Canada 104.7
    20 20 Stockholm Sweden 104.5
    21 21 Perth Australia 104.3
    22 22 Montreal Canada 104.2
    23 23 Nürnberg Germany 104.1
    24 26 Oslo Norway 103.7
    =25 27 Dublin Ireland 103.5
    =25 24 Calgary Canada 103.5
    27 24 Hamburg Germany 103.4
    28 27 Honolulu USA 103.1
    =29 29 San Francisco USA 103.0
    =29 30 Helsinki Finland 103.0
    =29 30 Adelaide Australia 103.0
    =32 34 Singapore Singapore 102.9
    =32 33 Paris France 102.9
    34 32 Brisbane Australia 102.4
    35 35 Tokyo Japan 102.2
    36 36 Lyon France 101.9
    37 36 Boston USA 101.8
    =38 38 Yokohama Japan 101.6
    =38 39 London UK 101.6
    40 40 Kobe Japan 100.9
    41 49 Milan Italy 100.8
    42 41 Barcelona Spain 100.6
    43 42 Madrid Spain 100.5
    =44 44 Washington DC USA 100.3
    =44 42 Osaka Japan 100.3
    =44 47 Lisbon Portugal 100.3
    =44 44 Chicago USA 100.3
    48 46 Portland USA 100.2
    49 48 New York City USA 100.0
    50 49 Seattle USA 99.8

    North America
    Canadian cities dominate the rankings in the Americas. Vancouver (4) has the best quality of living followed by Toronto (15), Ottawa (19) and Montreal (22). In the US, after Honolulu (28) comes San Francisco (29), Boston (37) and Chicago (44). Washington, DC, ranks 44, above New York (49).

    Latin America
    In Central and South America, San Juan in Puerto Rico retains the highest ranking at 72, followed by Montevideo at 76. Port au Prince in Haiti ranks lowest in the region at 202. In terms of the index, Vancouver scores 107.6 compared to Port au Prince’s 39.8.

    Europe
    Switzerland and Germany dominate the European cities with the best quality of living, each having three cities represented in the top 10. Bern, in Switzerland, ranks 9 following behind Zurich and Geneva. Dusseldorf (6), Munich and Frankfurt (both at 7) represent Germany. Outside the top 10 are Copenhagen (11), Amsterdam (13), Brussels (14), Berlin (16) and Luxembourg (17). Dublin, ranking 25, is followed by Paris (32), Barcelona (42) and Madrid (43). Lisbon is number 44 and is followed by Rome, 55, up from 61 in 2007. Prague (71) is the highest-ranking eastern European city followed by Budapest (74), Vilnius (78), Ljubljana (82) and Warsaw (85). The lowest ranking European city is Minsk (183) in Belarus. Minsk scores 49.4 on the index compared with Zurich’s 108. Milan (41), Lisbon (44), Vilnius (78) and Riga (89) have also become more attractive destinations, rising markedly in the rankings since 2007.

    Middle East and Africa
    Cape Town (80) in South Africa and Port Louis in Mauritius are the region’s cities with the best quality of living followed by Dubai (83) and Abu Dhabi (87). In contrast, Johannesburg slips from 90 in 2007 to 94 in 2008 and Harare in Zimbabwe slips from 168 in 2007 to 174. Out of the 25 lowest ranking cities, 19 are from Africa including Lagos (198), Port Harcourt (207) and Bangui (214). Two are from the Middle East including Sanaa (207) and Baghdad (215) – the city with the world’s lowest quality of living and lowest levels of personal safety. Cape Town scores 87.9 compared to Baghdad’s 13.5.

    Asia Pacific
    Auckland (5) is the city in Asia Pacific with the best quality of living, followed by Sydney (10) and Wellington (12). Elsewhere in Asia, Singapore (32) ranks two places higher than in 2007, slightly higher than Japanese cities such as Tokyo (35). Hong Kong and Beijing retain their 2007 rankings, respectively 70 and 116 in 2008. Bangalore (140) is India’s most highly ranked city followed closely by Mumbai (142). Both have seen a marked improvement in their rankings since 2007. Elsewhere in Asia, Kuala Lumpur ranks 75, followed by Taipei (84), Seoul (86), Bangkok (109) and Jakarta (146). According to the index, Auckland, the city with the best quality of living in Asia Pacific, scores 107.3 while Dhaka, the city with the region’s worst quality of living, scores 38.9.

    Safety
    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. Luxembourg is top, followed by Bern, Geneva, Helsinki and Zurich, all equally placed at number 2. Chicago, Houston and San Francisco are amongst the safest cities in the US, all ranking at 53. Baghdad (215) is the world’s least safe city along with Kinshasa (214), Karachi (213), Nairobi (212) and Bangui (211). Luxembourg scores 131.4 on the index while Baghdad scores 3.8.

    In terms of personal safety, Canadian cities perform best with Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver all ranked jointly at 22. In the US, Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Lexington, San Francisco and Winston-Salem all share rank 53. Elsewhere in the region, Santo Domingo has the highest ranking at 92 followed by Panama City (96) and Monterrey (99). Bogota (207) in Colombia has the lowest levels of personal safety. The Canadian cities score 115.8 compared to Bogota’s 30.4.

    Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer, said that personal safety within Canadian cities ranked among the highest in the region. This was due to a relatively low crime rate and a stable political environment. In contrast, many of the Latin American cities such as Caracas, Bogotá or Port au Prince continued to be undermined by crime and political and economic turmoil. Traffic congestion and pollution have also had an impact.

    The rankings of Bern, Geneva and Zurich, all at 2, confirm Switzerland’s position as one of the safest countries in Europe. According to the index, Luxembourg, the European city with the highest level of personal safety, scores 131.4. This is in stark contrast with Moscow, the European city scoring the lowest at 37.7 (196). In the UK, Glasgow (43) and Birmingham (53) rank safer than London (69).

    For personal safety, apart from Baghdad, Kinshasa is the worst location, ranked 214, and Nairobi (212). Lagos and Port Harcourt rank equally at 209. Jerusalem and Beirut both rank 199 and Harare, 184. Abu Dhabi (33) is the region’s best city for personal safety, followed by Dubai (47), Port Louis (60). Lusaka and Manama rank equally at (118). According to the personal safety index, Abu Dhabi scores 112 against Baghdad’s 3.8.

    For personal safety, Pakistan is one of the lowest-scoring destinations with Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore ranked 213, 203 and 192 respectively. Colombo in Sri Lanka appears at 204 while Dhaka (201), Jakarta (189) and Manila (178) are amongst the region’s cities scoring lowest on personal safety. Singapore is the region’s best location for personal safety, scoring 120.2 compared to Karachi’s 25.3.
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    I always thought this city kicked ass.





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    Not really surprising when you consider it I suppose, but outside of
    the economic profiles, I can only comment on the cities I've actually
    visited,which might comprise 9 or 10% of what's on the list. This could
    just as well be about places I'd like to visit (and I guess it kind of is), and
    hence I'd be ranking my own. Barcelona would be tops, closely seconded
    by anywhere in Japan. I still kick myself that I lived in LA as long as I did
    and only made it as far north as San Fran (...left my heart...). But Vancouver
    would def on the list as well. Fuck I want to see everything.
    And who said what about lists?

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    Washington D.C. ranks #44? Shouldn't it be down there with Baghdad? There's probably less shootings in Baghdad!
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    And obviously UK is nowhere near top-50

    One word - chavs !


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    Puerto Rico is considered Latin America?
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    Auckland got terrible traffic problems and without sounding racist downtown Auckland is full of Chinese who can hardly speak English so i prefer Wellington

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterlessIceness View Post
    And obviously UK is nowhere near top-50

    One word - chavs !

    I've got to spend July in the UK and I just remembered I will have the pleasure of these little fucker's company for my stay. Luckily I'm going to be in the Torbay area so their numbers are limited (breeding too far from the cities scares them - all those trees) but if I ever lost my fucking mind, the first thing I would do is kill all chavs by death from one thousand cigarette burns.

    Do I fucking look bothered my arse?
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    It's nice to see Canadian cities dominate North America.
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    I have been to Vancouver a few times, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its expensive as hell but a beautiful.

    Nice to see Seattle make the top 50.
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    It's been a long time since I've been there, but Vancouver was a beautiful city.

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    I always liked Seattle spent quite a bit of time there was last there in 93

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    Quote Originally Posted by marty View Post
    I always liked Seattle spent quite a bit of time there was last there in 93
    Seattle is a attractive city, but nothing like Vancouver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OLO View Post
    Seattle is a attractive city, but nothing like Vancouver.
    We use to go to Vancouver and Victoria about 4 times every softball season but most of the time when your young you just go to the ball park or the pubs,BC has lots of strip clubs i remember.Ilike to go back to SEATTLE and Vancouver also San fRAN

 

 

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