The World's Best Places to Live: Who Comes in at #1?

Survey was done by Mercer (from Wikipedia): Mercer is a human resource consulting firm, headquartered in New York City, New York, that is recognized as one of the leading business institutions in the world. It has been ranked by Vault.com, Inc. as the #1 human resource consultancy for several years running, including most recently in 2008.[1] Among all consulting firms, Mercer is currently ranked #8 for prestige.[2]

* Consultants rated each city on a variety of factors including the level of traffic congestion, air quality, and personal safety reported by expatriates living in more than 600 cities worldwide. The rankings are based on a point scoring index, with Zurich scoring 108 and Baghdad scoring 13.5. Cities are compared to New York as the base city, with an index score of 100. The quality-of-living survey covers 215 cities and is conducted to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments. The survey also identifies those cities with the highest personal safety ranking based on internal stability, crime, effectiveness of law enforcement, and relationships with other countries.

#1: Zurich, Switzerland

#2 (tied): Vienna, Austria

#2 (tied): Geneva, Switzerland

#4: Vancouver, Canada

#5: Auckland, New Zealand

#6: Dusseldorf, Germany

#7 (tie): Munich, Germany

#7 (tie): Frankfurt, Germany

#9: Bern, Switzerland

#10: Sydney, Australia


US comes into play at #28 with Honolulu.

Full list at Businessweek

Thoughts? Wanna move? :)

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Comment by Kara on September 6, 2008 at 1:38am
I can't imagine living anywhere else long term. I'm surprised by this list though. It seems western Europe biased...
Comment by rp {|} // .MrPresident___++ on September 5, 2008 at 7:27pm
How I so would like to move out of this country... Its not so much that I am tired of this place but culture fascinates me. Meeting people from different places and learning about them and their culture is indescribable for me. We're programmed in this country to not think favorably of other countries... The text books are bias and only give a one sided view of the world and we don't know how much of that is even factual account.

If you never venture off your steps you will miss out on life... Travel the world.
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