Our combined index, based on three best cities lists from Economist Intelligence Unit, Mercer and Monocle, ranks the world’s top 10 most livable cities.


Author: Maria Obiols
Project Coordinator: Taneesha Kulshrestha

If all the world is your oyster, where do you want to clam down? Maybe not the world’s most prominent urban centers, based on a Global Finance review of other experts’ work in the field. 

Mid-sized cities in wealthy countries appear to score better in the rankings we reviewed. So the world’s best known megalopolises such as New York, London and Paris do not appear in any of the top 10 lists published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the management consultant Mercer and publisher Monacle.

Relatively high crime rates and deficits in public infrastructure and services have also kept US cities away from the highest scoring positions.

The EIU and the Mercer rankings about the best cities to live in are a consolidated reference in the corporate business world to establish the attractiveness of cities. Global employers take them into account to define their talent attraction and retention strategies. They both include indicators on safety and stability, healthcare and education services, infrastructure, economic environment, housing, access to cultural services and natural environment.

The Monocle ranking, which has added factors such as the quality of the architecture, the number of independent bookstores and various indicators on the quality of nightlife, provides a more people-centered and cosmopolitan perspective and an added youngish hip flair.

We have combined the three of them to build our own top 10 of the best cities to live in the world.

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