Mercer has just released its latest annual Quality of Living rankings of the world’s cities based on their quality of life. As in prior lists, European cities — with their quaint downtowns and superb public transportation — dominate the top of this year’s rankings, joined by cities in Australia and New Zealand.
Coming in at No. 1 is Vienna, followed by Zurich, Auckland (N.Z.) and Munich. The highest-ranked city in North American is Vancouver, coming in at No. 5 and the region’s only city to make the top 10. San Francisco is the highest-ranked U.S. city, at No. 27, followed by Boston (34), Honolulu (36) and Chicago (43). New York City and Seattle are tied at 44. Montevideo (Uruguay) is the highest-ranked South American city at 78, while Singapore (25) takes that honor for the Asia-Pacific region. Dubai, at 74, is the highest-ranked city for the Middle East-Africa.
And where’s the worst city to live, based on Mercer’s rankings? That would be Baghdad, coming in at 230. Joining the Iraqi capital in the bottom five are Port-au-Prince, Khartoum (Sudan), N’Djamena (Chad) and Bangui (Central African Republic).
Mercer conducts its annual rankings as a way to help multinational companies and other employers compensate their employees fairly when sending them on international assignments with respect to factors such as hardship premiums, etc. The cities are ranked based on factors including political and social environment, crime rates, economic environment, medical and health considerations, public services and transportation, schools, recreation and housing.Twitter It!