Quality of living

City rankings

Apr 4th 2007
http://www.economist.com/daily/chartgallery/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8956503

Zurich is the most pleasant city for expatriates, according to Mercer, a consulting firm. Its annual survey compares 39 measures in 215 cities, such as transport and crime. Singapore, Tokyo and London rank higher than New York. Baghdad is the world's worst place to live and work.

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Highlights from the 2007 Quality of Living Survey

http://www.mercerhr.com/referencecontent.jhtml?idContent=1128060
02 April 2007

Canadian, European and Australian cities continue to dominate the rankings this year, which saw little significant movement among the top 50 cities. (See the 2007 Quality of Living press release for more details).

Zurich, Geneva, Vienna, Vancouver, and  Auckland remain the top scoring cities on the  Quality of Living index. One of this year's biggest improvements has been in Osaka, rising 8 places to 42 from 51. Improvement was also seen in Oslo, which climbed five places from 31 to 26.

The rankings are based on data collected between September and November 2006 and the data is regularly updated to take account of changing circumstances. Only 215 cities have been considered in the Quality of Living 2007 rankings and any assessment will be revised in the case of any new developments.

Top rankings for cities in Asia

The top five cities in Asia were:

Osaka (tied for 42nd) was the lowest ranking Asian city in the top 50.

Top rankings for cities in Europe

The top five cities in Europe were:

The lowest ranking European city in the top 50 was Milan (tied for 49th).

Top ranking for cities in the Americas

The top five cities in the Americas were:

The lowest ranking Americas city in the top 50 was Seattle (tied for 49th). 

Mercer Human Resource Consulting Worldwide Quality of Living Survey 2007

Top 50 

 

Base City: New York, USA (=100)

 

 

 

 

Rank 2007

 

Rank 2006

 

City

 

Country

 

Index 2007

 

Index 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

1

 

ZURICH

 

Switzerland

 

108.1

 

108.2

2

 

2

 

GENEVA

 

Switzerland

 

108.0

 

108.1

3

 

3

 

VANCOUVER

 

Canada

 

107.7

 

107.7

3

 

4

 

VIENNA

 

Austria

 

107.7

 

107.5

5

 

5

 

AUCKLAND

 

New Zealand

 

107.3

 

107.3

5

 

6

 

DUSSELDORF

 

Germany

 

107.3

 

107.2

7

 

7

 

FRANKFURT

 

Germany

 

107.1

 

107.0

8

 

8

 

MUNICH

 

Germany

 

106.9

 

106.8

9

 

9

 

BERN

 

Switzerland

 

106.5

 

106.5

9

 

9

 

SYDNEY

 

Australia

 

106.5

 

106.5

11

 

11

 

COPENHAGEN

 

Denmark

 

106.2

 

106.2

12

 

12

 

WELLINGTON

 

New Zealand

 

105.8

 

105.8

13

 

13

 

AMSTERDAM

 

The Netherlands

 

105.7

 

105.7

14

 

14

 

BRUSSELS

 

Belgium

 

105.6

 

105.6

15

 

15

 

TORONTO

 

Canada

 

105.4

 

105.4

16

 

16

 

BERLIN

 

Germany

 

105.2

 

105.1

17

 

17

 

MELBOURNE

 

Australia

 

105.0

 

105.0

18

 

18

 

LUXEMBOURG

 

Luxembourg

 

104.8

 

104.8

18

 

18

 

OTTAWA

 

Canada

 

104.8

 

104.8

20

 

20

 

STOCKHOLM

 

Sweden

 

104.7

 

104.7

21

 

21

 

PERTH

 

Australia

 

104.5

 

104.5

22

 

22

 

MONTREAL

 

Canada

 

104.3

 

104.3

23

 

23

 

NURNBERG

 

Germany

 

104.2

 

104.1

24

 

25

 

CALGARY

 

Canada

 

103.6

 

103.6

24

 

26

 

HAMBURG

 

Germany

 

103.6

 

103.4

26

 

31

 

OSLO

 

Norway

 

103.5

 

102.8

27

 

24

 

DUBLIN

 

Ireland

 

103.3

 

103.8

27

 

27

 

HONOLULU, HI

 

United States

 

103.3

 

103.3

29

 

28

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

 

United States

 

103.2

 

103.2

30

 

29

 

ADELAIDE

 

Australia

 

103.1

 

103.1

30

 

29

 

HELSINKI

 

Finland

 

103.1

 

103.1

32

 

31

 

BRISBANE

 

Australia

 

102.8

 

102.8

33

 

33

 

PARIS

 

France

 

102.7

 

102.7

34

 

34

 

SINGAPORE

 

Singapore

 

102.5

 

102.5

35

 

35

 

TOKYO

 

Japan

 

102.3

 

102.3

36

 

37

 

LYON

 

France

 

101.9

 

101.6

36

 

36

 

BOSTON, MA

 

United States

 

101.9

 

101.9

38

 

37

 

YOKOHAMA

 

Japan

 

101.7

 

101.6

39

 

39

 

LONDON

 

United Kingdom

 

101.2

 

101.2

40

 

40

 

KOBE

 

Japan

 

101.0

 

101.0

41

 

44

 

BARCELONA

 

Spain

 

100.6

 

100.2

42

 

45

 

MADRID

 

Spain

 

100.5

 

100.1

42

 

51

 

OSAKA

 

Japan

 

100.5

 

99.6

44

 

41

 

WASHINGTON, DC

 

United States

 

100.4

 

100.4

44

 

41

 

CHICAGO, IL

 

United States

 

100.4

 

100.4

46

 

43

 

PORTLAND, OR

 

United States

 

100.3

 

100.3

47

 

53

 

LISBON

 

Portugal

 

100.1

 

98.9

48

 

46

 

NEW YORK CITY, NY

 

United States

 

100.0

 

100.0

49

 

51

 

MILAN

 

Italy

 

99.9

 

99.6

49

 

47

 

SEATTLE, WA

 

United States

 

99.9

 

99.9

 

Mercer Human Resource Consulting Worldwide Health and Sanitation Ranking* 2007
Top 50

 

 

Base City: New York, USA (=100)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rank 2007

 

City

 

Country

 

Index 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

CALGARY

 

Canada

 

131.7

2

 

HONOLULU, HI

 

United States

 

130.3

3

 

HELSINKI

 

Finland

 

128.5

4

 

OTTAWA

 

Canada

 

127.2

5

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN

 

United States

 

125.7

6

 

OSLO

 

Norway

 

125

6

 

STOCKHOLM

 

Sweden

 

125

6

 

ZURICH

 

Switzerland

 

125

9

 

KATSUYAMA

 

Japan

 

123.8

10

 

BERN

 

Switzerland

 

123.7

10

 

BOSTON, MA

 

United States

 

123.7

10

 

GENEVA

 

Switzerland

 

123.7

10

 

LEXINGTON, KY

 

United States

 

123.7

10

 

MONTREAL

 

Canada

 

123.7

10

 

NURNBERG

 

Germany

 

123.7

10

 

PITTSBURGH, PA

 

United States

 

123.7

10

 

VANCOUVER

 

Canada

 

123.7

18

 

AUCKLAND

 

New Zealand

 

123.1

18

 

WELLINGTON

 

New Zealand

 

123.1

20

 

DUBLIN

 

Ireland

 

122.9

21

 

AMSTERDAM

 

The Netherlands

 

122.4

21

 

TORONTO

 

Canada

 

122.4

23

 

LYON

 

France

 

122.3

24

 

COPENHAGEN

 

Denmark

 

122.2

25

 

KOBE

 

Japan

 

122

25

 

OMUTA

 

Japan

 

122

27

 

WASHINGTON, DC

 

United States

 

121

28

 

DUSSELDORF

 

Germany

 

120.9

28

 

FRANKFURT

 

Germany

 

120.9

28

 

LUXEMBOURG

 

Luxembourg

 

120.9

28

 

MUNICH

 

Germany

 

120.9

28

 

VIENNA

 

Austria

 

120.9

33

 

TSUKUBA

 

Japan

 

120.4

34

 

PORTLAND, OR

 

United States

 

119.7

35

 

ADELAIDE

 

Australia

 

119.5

36

 

BRUSSELS

 

Belgium

 

118.4

37

 

CLEVELAND, OH

 

United States

 

118.3

37

 

HAMBURG

 

Germany

 

118.3

37

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

 

United States

 

118.3

37

 

ST. LOUIS, MO

 

United States

 

118.3

37

 

WINSTON SALEM, NC

 

United States

 

118.3

42

 

YOKOHAMA

 

Japan

 

118.1

43

 

MELBOURNE

 

Australia

 

117.4

43

 

PERTH

 

Australia

 

117.4

45

 

BERLIN

 

Germany

 

117.1

46

 

YOKKAICHI

 

Japan

 

116.5

47

 

BRISBANE

 

Australia

 

116.2

48

 

GLASGOW

 

United Kingdom

 

115.7

49

 

SEATTLE, WA

 

United States

 

115.1

50

 

SINGAPORE

 

Singapore

 

114

 

Whatís included in the Quality of Living Report?

Mercerís Quality of Living Reports include:

  • A city-to-city index comparison (any city can be selected as a base)
     
  • An evaluation and commentary describing the quality-of-living rating for each of the 39 factors
     
  • The methodology for establishing quality-of-living differentials between cities
     
  • A Quality-of-Living Allowance Grid that allows you to translate the quality-of-living index into hardship allowances

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Quality of Living vs. the quality of life

The Quality of Living index is based on several criteria used to judge whether an expatriate is entitled to a hardship allowance. A city with a high Quality of Living index is a safe and stable one, but it may be lacking the dynamic je ne sais quoi that makes people want to live in world-renowned cities such as Paris, Tokyo, London or New York. Sometimes you need a little spice to make a city exciting. But that "spice" may also give a city a lower ranking.  

What makes one person's quality of life better or worse cannot be quantified in an objective index. Therefore, Mercer's Quality of Living report reflects only the tangible aspects of living in a city on expatriate assignments, and leaves the question of the quality of one's life to those living it!