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Did Your City Make The Most Respected Quality of Life Top 40 List?

Six of Australia’s 7 largest cities and 5 of Canada’s largest cities have made the most respected and trusted quality of life rankings list – the Mercer Quality of Life Survey.  These cities were all ranked in the Top 40 beating almost all other countries with the sheer number of cities from one country being listed – besting world dominators like the US and Britain.  The only country to beat Australia was Germany with 7 cities ranked in the Top 40.

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According to a new ranking by Mercer six Aussie and 5 Canadian cities are among the Top 40 best cities in the world to live in and Mercer knows what they are talking about.  Each year the company publishes its Quality of Living Survey which is referred to by many large international employers to help determine compensation for employees sent to work abroad. The survey ranks 231 cities from Vienna to Baghdad on quality of life.  Countries with cities commonly ranked in the top 50 include Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Australia, Sweden and the United States.

The cities are rated based on 39 factors, grouped into the following 10 categories:

- Social environment including politics and crime

- Economic environment

- Limitations on personal freedoms

- Medical and health considerations

- Schools and education

- Public services and transportation

- Recreation and entertainment

- Consumer goods

- Housing

- Natural environment and climate

This is how cities ranked:

1. Vienna, Austria

2. Zürich, Switzerland

3. (Tied) Auckland, New Zealand

3. (Tied) Munich, Germany

5. Vancouver, Canada

6. Düsseldorf, Germany

7. Frankfurt, Germany

8. Geneva, Switzerland

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Basel, Switzerland

11. Sydney, Australia

12. Amsterdam, Netherlands

13. Berlin, Germany

14. Bern, Switzerland

15. Wellington, New Zealand

16. Melbourne, Australia

17. Toronto, Canada

18. Luxembourg, Luxembourg

19. Ottawa, Canada

20. Hamburg, Germany


21. (Tied) Perth, Australia

21. (Tied) Montreal, Canada

23. (Tied) Stockholm, Sweden

23. (Tied) Nurnberg, Germany

25. Singapore, Singapore

26. Oslo, Norway

27. Brussels, Belgium

28. Stuttgart, Germany

29. Adelaide, Australia

30. (Tied) Canberra Australia

30. (Tied) San Francisco, United States

32. Helsinki, Finland

33. Calgary, Canada

34. Dublin, Ireland

35. Boston, MA, USA

36. Honolulu, HI, USA

37. Brisbane, Australia

38. Lisbon Portugal

39. Paris, France

40. Lyon, France

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