The US consulting firm Mercer has published its annual survey about the quality of living of different cities from all over the world once again. The basis of the examination formed 39 criteria from ten different categories which play an important role in everyday life according to expatriates. More than 450 cities worldwide have been studied, among them altogether 231 metropolises have been included in the ranking of Mercer, wherefore it counts among the most comprehensive ones in its domain. We will reveal everything you have to know about the survey in the following:
Which criteria are playing a role?
One essential criteria of a livable city presents the political and social environment, accompanied by stability and a low crime rate. But also economic prosperity and personal freedom play a central role when it comes to quality of living. An excellent medical care and a health benefiting environment with distinguished air quality and impeccable waste disposal also contribute to the feelgood factor of a city. In addition to that, the educational standard as well as the condition of the infrastructure and the public transport have been examined. Moreover, recreational facilities and leisure opportunities have been as crucial for the ranking as the housing situation, the availability of consumer goods, the amount of green spaces and the climate of a city.
Which cities have performed best?
The city with the highest quality of living worldwide according to the Mercer study is Vienna, already for the 9th time in a row now. This is hardly surprising as more than half of the Austrian capital consists of green areas and its old town with the historic variety and the impressing architecture has even been nominated World Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO. Moreover, Vienna has numerous cultural institutions, a very well built out public transport system and has much to offer also in respect of gastronomy and nightlife.
In third place worldwide, directly behind Zurich and thereby in first place of the German cities, Munich follows. The Englischer Garten, the Isarauen and the Olympic Park definitely contribute to the quality of living of this metropolis with heart. But also in economic respect, Munich ranks among the elite and is headquarter of numerous world market leaders, including seven listed DAX companies. On top of that, the Bavarian state capital can boast numerous renowned cultural and creative institutions and facilities. Furthermore, Munich qualifies as safest major city in Germany.
Other German cities which stand out due to their outstanding quality of living are Dusseldorf based on its good infrastructure as well as numerous cultural and leisure facilities in the 6th place, Frankfurt thanks to its unique mix of international flair, economical dynamics and traditional culture in the 7th place and the German capital city Berlin for its individuality and versatile leisure activities and historical sites in the 13th place.
Due to their extraordinarily high quality of living, these metropolises are perfectly suited not only for city trips over the weekend, but also for long-term stays of business travellers. The Living Hotels with their unique mixture of classical hotel rooms and comfortable Serviced Apartments are specially geared to the needs of both target groups. We are also represented in Vienna, Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Berlin by the way, where we impress with our top locations in the countryside but nonetheless close to the city centre. Convince yourself of our hospitality and come to see us in the most livable cities in the world! We look forward to your visit!