The best place in the world to live is Vienna, Austria, according to an annual quality-of-life survey conducted by Mercer Human Resource Consulting.
Vienna has topped the list for the past five years. Cities around the world are measured on a point-scoring index against New York City, which is given a base score of 100. This year, New York was ranked 49, just behind Washington, D.C. and Chicago, which are tied for No. 45.
Each city is assessed for its local living conditions and analyzed according to 39 factors in 10 categories, including political stability, banking services, waste disposal, standard and availability of international schools, restaurants and theaters and record of natural disasters.
Top 10 cities with the best quality of life:
1. Vienna, Austria
2. Zurich, Switzerland
3. Geneva, Switzerland
4. Vancouver, Canada and Auckland, New Zealand (tie)
6. Dusseldorf, Germany
7. Frankfurt, Germany and Munich, Germany (tie)
9. Bern, Switzerland
10. Sydney, Australia
Fun facts to know and tell:
- European cities continue to dominate among the top 25 cities in the index.
- In the United Kingdom, London ranks at 39, while Birmingham is at 55 and Glasgow at 57.
- In the United States, the highest ranking entry is Honolulu at No. 31, followed by San Francisco at No. 32.
- Newly added cities Philadelphia and Dallas are ranked No. 55 and No. 61, respectively.
- Singapore (No. 28) is the top-scoring Asian city, followed by Tokyo at No. 40.
- Calgary, Honolulu and Ottawa were given the top eco-ranking, based on water availability and drinkability, waste removal, quality of sewage systems, air pollution and traffic congestion.
- Baghdad is at the bottom of the list at No. 221 with the worst quality of life due to a lack of security and stability.
--From the Editors at Netscape