Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Mercer's 2009 Quality of Living survey: the world's most liveable cities
Clean, safe and a little bit dull... the world's most liveable cities In a survey of the world's most liveable towns, published yesterday, European cities dominate but not the European cities that you might imagine. Paris comes only 33rd, between Adelaide and Brisbane. London comes 38th, jointly with Yokohama. The city with the highest quality of urban living in the world, according to the survey, is Vienna, followed by Zurich and Geneva. Auckland and Vancouver come joint fourth. All of these cities have a reputation – perhaps undeserved – for crashing dullness. Cities with romantic, glitzy reputations, from New York (49th) to Rome (55th), fare badly. (link via independent.co.uk) Mercer's 2009 Quality of Living survey highlights - Global European cities dominate the top of the ranking Vienna scores highest for overall quality of living, Baghdad the lowest Singapore ranks top for city infrastructure; London ranks eighth Mercer’s Quality of Living ranking covers 215 cities and is conducted to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments. Top 5 cities - Overall: Vienna, Austria (1st) Zurich, Switzerland (2nd) Geneva, Switzerland (3rd ) Vancouver, Canada (tied 4th) Auckland, New Zealand (tied 4th) As an American I think this is disappointing news : No American city comes in the top 25. What do you think of the survey results?