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World’s best and worst cities for quality of life revealed; Vienna remains no 1, Lagos is ranked 212 out of 231

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  • Honolulu ranks first in the world for city sanitation, an important factor in cities’ attractiveness.
  • UK’s highest ranked city, London, ranks 41st for quality of living (down from 40th), 67th for sanitation
  • Vienna is top for the 9th year running and is followed by Zurich, and Auckland and Munich in joint 3rd place
  • Lagos and Abuja ranks 212 and 213 respectively

Austria’s capital Vienna once again defended its position as the city offering the best quality of life in the world, while Iraq’s capital Baghdad remains the worst in an annual

 

Mercer’s survey of 231 cities helps companies and organisations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff. Its criteria include political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport.

Europe has eight of the world’s top 10 most pleasant cities: Germany and Switzerland each have three cities in the top 10, while New Zealand, Canada and Australia each have one.

However, London is down from 40th to 41st

The full results of 2018’s world’s best places for quality of life survey
1 Vienna, Austria
2 Zürich, Switzerland
3 Auckland, New Zealand
3 Munich, Germany
5 Vancouver, Canada
6 Düsseldorf, Germany
7 Frankfurt, Germany
8 Geneva, Switzerland
9 Copenhagen, Denmark
10 Basel, Switzerland
10 Sydney, Australia
12 Amsterdam, Netherlands
13 Berlin, Germany
14 Bern, Switzerland
15 Wellington, New Zealand
16 Melbourne, Australia
16 Toronto, Canada
18, Luxembourg
19 Ottawa, Canada
19 Hamburg, Germany
21 Perth, Australia
21 Montreal, Canada
23 Stockholm, Sweden
23 Nurnberg, Germany
25 Singapore
25 Oslo, Norway
27 Brussels, Belgium
28 Stuttgart, Germany
29 Adelaide, Australia
30 Canberra, Australia
30 San Francisco, CA
32 Helsinki, Finland
33 Calgary, Canada
34 Dublin, Ireland
35 Boston, MA
36 Honolulu, United States
37 Brisbane, Australia
38 Lisbon, Portugal
39 Paris
40 Lyon, France
41 London
42 Milan, Italy
43 Barcelona
44 Seattle
45 New York
46 Edinburgh
47 Chicago
48 Washington
49 Madrid
50 Tokyo
50 Kobe, Japan
50 Birmingham, United Kingdom
50 Glasgow, United Kingdom
50 Philadelphia, United States
55 Yokohama, Japan
55 Pittsburgh, United States
57 Rome
58 Aberdeen, United Kingdom
59 Osaka, Japan
60 Leipzig, Germany
61 Minneapolis, United States
62 Dallas, United States
63 Atlanta, United States
64 Los Angeles, United States
64 Nagoya, Japan
64 Houston, United States
64 Miami, United States
68 Belfast, United Kingdom
69 Prague, Czech Rebublic
70 St. Louis, United States
71 Detroit, United States
71 Hong Kong
73 Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
74 Dubai, United Arab Emirates
75 Ljubljana, Slovenia
76 Budapest, Hungary
77 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
77 Montevideo, Uruguay
79 Seoul, South Korea
80 Bratislava, Slovakia
81 Vilnius, Lithuania
82 Warsaw, Poland
83 Port Louis, Mauritius
84 Taipei, Taiwan
85 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
86 Athens
87 Limassol, Cyprius
87 Tallinn, Estonia
89 Durban, South Africa
90 Riga, Latvia
91 Buenos Aires, Argentina
92 Santiago, Chile
93 Busan, South Korea
94 Cape Town, South Africa
95 Johannesburg, South Africa
96 San Juan, Puerto Rico
96 Panama City, Panama
98 Victoria, Seychelles
98 Zagreb, Croatia
100 Wroclaw, Poland
101 Taichung, Taiwan
101 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
103 Shanghai, China
104 Tel Aviv, Israel
105 Muscat, Oman
106 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
107 Bucharest, Romania
108 Brasilia, Brazil
109 Noumea, New Caledonia
110 Doha, Qatar
111 Nassau, Bahamas
112 Monterrey, Mexico
113 San José, Costa Rica
114 Tunis, Tunisia
115 Asunción, Paraguay
116 Sofia, Bulgaria
117 Rabat, Morocco
118 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
119 Amman, Jordan
119 Beijing, China
119 Guangzhou, China
122 Quito, Ecuador
122 São Paulo, Brazil
124 Lima, Peru
124 Casablanca, Morocco
126 Kuwait City
127 Manaus, Brazil
128 Bogotá, Colombia
129 Mexico City
130 Windhoek, Namibia
130 Shenzhen, China
132 Bangkok
133 Chengdu, China
134 Istanbul, Turkey
135 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
136 Manama, Bahrain
137 Colombo, Sri Lanka
137 Manila, Philippines
139 Belgrade, Serbia
140 Nanjing, China
141 Gaborone, Botswana
142 Jakarta, Indonesia
142 Hyderabad, India
142 Pune, India
145 Xian, China
146 Qingdao, China
147 Chongqing, China
147 Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
149 Bengaluru, India
150 Lusaka, Zambia
151 Chennai, India
152 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
153 Kingston, Jamaica
154 Mumbai, India
155 Hanoi, Vietnam
156 La Paz, Bolivia
157 Shenyang, China
158 Guatemala City, Guatemala
159 Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
160 Kolkata, India
161 Skopje, Macedonia
162 New Delhi, India
163 Dakar, Senegal
164 Libreville, Gabon
165 Accra, Ghana
165 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
167 Moscow
168 Jeddah
169 Jilin, China
170 Vientiane, Laos
171 Yerevan, Armenia
172 Kampala, Uganda
173 Kiev, Ukraine
173 Managua, Nicaragua
173 St. Petersburg, Russia
176 Tirana, Albania
177 Almaty, Kazakhstan
178 Cairo, Eqypt
179 San Salvador, El Salvador
180 Blantyre, Malawi
181 Beirut, Lebanon
182 Cotonou, Benin
182 Maputo, Mozambique
184 Algiers, Algeria
185 Banjul, Gambia
186 Nairobi, Kenya
187 Tbilisi, Georgia
188 Minski, Belarus
189 Tegucigalpa, Honduras
190 Djibouti
190 Kigali, Rwanda
192 Havana, Cuba
193 Caracas, Venezuela
194 Yaounde, Cameroon
195 Islamabad, Pakistan
196 Baku, Azerbaijan
197 Phnom Penh, Cambodia
198 Douala, Cameroon
199 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
200 Tehran, Iran
201 Luanda, Angola
202 Lahore, Pakistan
203 Yangon, Myanmar
203 Tashkent, Uzbekistan
205 Karachi, Pakistan
206 Lome, Togo
207 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
208 Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
209 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
210 Harare, Zimbabwe
211 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
212 Lagos, Nigeria
213 Abuja, Nigeria
214 Dushanbe, Tajikistan
214 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
216 Dhaka, Bangladesh
217 Antananarivo, Madagascar
218 Tripoli, Libya
218 Niamey, Niger
220 Bamako, Mali
221 Nouakchott, Mauritania
222 Conakry, Guinea Republic
223 Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
224 Brazzaville, Congo
225 Damascus, Syria
226 N’Djamena, Chad
227 Khartoum, Sudan
228 Port au Prince, Haiti
229 Sana’a, Yemen Arab Republic
230 Bangui, Central African Republic
231 Baghda

Source:- Mercer

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