Mercer annually releases their survey of cities with the best quality of life. The company surveyed the local living conditions in more than 450 cities worldwide. Taking reports of 39 factors, they grouped them in 10, including political and social environment, economic environment, socio-cultural environment, medical and health considerations, schools and education, public services and transportation, recreation, consumer goods, housing, and natural environment. They analyze these cities living conditions comparing to the other cities which resulting in a Quality of Living index.
Out of the world’s 20 best cities to live thirteen are in Europe. On another list by Mercer, Luxembourg was named as the safest city in the world, followed by Helsinki in Finland and the Swiss cities of Basel, Bern, and Zurich.
10 Best Cities To Live In The World 2019
1. Vienna, Austria:
For the tenth time in a row, Vienna has been ranked as the best city to live in the world in terms of quality of living. Lying on the Danube River, east of the country, Vienna is the capital of Austria. This artistic city is known for Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence, is one of the most populated cities in Europe. Vienna is often called the wine capital for being the only capital city in the world to produce significant quantities of wine within its city limits. Fun fact, snow globes were invented in Vienna by a man named Erwin Perzy in 1900.
2. Zürich, Switzerland:
The picturesque city of Zürich lies at the north end of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland. Zurich is one of the safest and cleanest cities in the world. It is known as a global center for banking and finance. Now we all know about the beauty of Zurich, but did you know that Zurich has the most fountains of any city in the world with approx. 1,200 drinking water fountains.
3. Vancouver, Canada:
Vancouver is the highest ranking city in North America for the last 10 years. It is among the country’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. Vancouver is the third largest film production center in North America following Los Angeles and New York City. Stanley Park in the city is 10% larger than New York City’s Central Park. Vancouver is also the place where the cosmetic treatment Botox was invented.
4. Munich, Germany:
Bavaria’s capital, Munich’s centuries-old buildings and numerous museums and fun festivals attract many travelers from around the world. Munich has one of the largest city parks in the world, Munich’s English Garden. It is renowned as Germany’s beer capital that hosts the world-famous Oktoberfest. Munich is home to the world’s largest pub, Hofbroihaus and the world’s largest science and technology museum, Deutsches Museum and the company BMW. Munich’s public transportation is hailed as among the most punctual on the planet.
5. Auckland, New Zealand:
Sharing the 3rd position on the survey with Vancouver and Munich is the city of Auckland. Based around 2 large harbors, Auckland is also known as the City of Sails. Auckland is the most populous city of New Zealand and it is home to the largest Polynesian population in the whole world. Auckland has over 50 volcanoes and it is also home to one of the tallest man-made structure in the world, the Sky Tower.
6. Düsseldorf, Germany:
The city of Düsseldorf in Germany is divided by the Rhine River. The city is known for its fashion industry and art scene. Renowned as the longest bar in the world, Düsseldorf’s Altstadt (Old Town) contains over 300 bars and clubs in a very small area. The city’s Düsseldorf’s Grösste Kirmes am Rhein funfair, part of the Rhenish Carnival, is attended by more than 4.5 million people every year. Also, the method of turning cartwheels is credited to the children of Düsseldorf.
7. Frankfurt, Germany:
Home to the European Central Bank, Frankfurt is known for being a financial hub. The first Wikimania has held in Frankfurt am Main, the official name of Frankfurt. The city is home to one of the busiest and biggest German airports. Frankfort has a range of museums and the largest botanical garden in Germany and you can also enjoy tax-free shopping here.
8. Copenhagen, Denmark:
Denmark is frequently ranked as one of the best and happy countries in the world and Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark known for its landmark and the famous little mermaid statue. The city has more cemeteries than parks, so you might see couples or families hanging out in cemeteries. Copenhagen is one of the greenest cities in the world. Copenhageners love their bicycles as they prefer to commute by bike than any other mode of transportation.
9. Geneva, Switzerland:
Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, Geneva is known as a global hub for diplomacy and banking. With the views of Mont Blanc, Geneva is also home to the headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross and the Raëlian Movement, also the birthplace of internet. The people of Geneva hosts a number of festivities throughout the year. The English Garden in Geneva has the world’s largest Flower Clock.
10. Basel, Switzerland:
Situated on the Rhine River Basel is known for its historical landmarks and gothic church. Basel is the third largest city in Switzerland and famous as the country’s pharmaceutical hub and for the Swiss chemical industry.
Basel has a large network of Trams and Busses and a number of museums and galleries.
San Francisco was named the 34th best city to live in and the best in the U.S. On the other hand, Detroit was the lowest ranking U.S. city in 72nd place.
U.K. capital London was ranked the 41st best city on Mercer’s scale followed by Edinburgh (45th), Glasgow (48th) Birmingham (49th), Aberdeen (57nt) and Belfast (64th).
Singapore, in 25th place globally, held onto its rank as Asia’s best city to live in. Uruguay’s capital Montevideo (78th) was the highest ranked in South America, while Port Louis (83rd), Mauritius, was Africa’s top city.