Vienna named best city to live in 10 years in a row

The Austrian capital has ranked the highest in this year’s Mercer Quality of Living Survey, closely followed by Zürich

“The streets of Vienna are paved with culture, the streets of other cities with asphalt,” said a famous Austrian writer and satirist, Karl Kraus, in the first half of the 20th century. And his words resonate to the present day.

Vienna has been ruling the Mercer Quality of Living Survey fort 10 years — Shutterstock Vienna named best city to live in 10 years in a row
Vienna has been ruling the Mercer Quality of Living Survey for 10 years — Shutterstock

In an annual survey conducted by Mercer, the City of Music has ranked as the best place to live in for the 10th consecutive year.  

The Mercer Quality of Living Survey evaluates 231 cities around the world based on various factors including personal freedoms, political stability, crime, housing, education, healthcare, public transport or recreation.

In this year’s ranking, Vienna scored the highest marks overall, closely followed by Zürich in Switzerland. Vancouver in Canada, Münich in Germany and Auckland in New Zealand share the third place. Out of the ten best cities to live in, eight are located in Europe.

The results also suggest that “many cities in Central and Eastern Europe, such as Prague, Vilnius, Warsaw, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Belgrade, among others, have seen a steady improvement in personal safety,” the report says.

Zürick ranked second in this year’s ranking — Shutterstock Vienna named best city to live in 10 years in a row
Zürich ranked second in this year’s ranking — Shutterstock

On the other hand, certain Western European cities, such as Madrid or Paris, have witnessed a decline in personal safety linked to the threat of terrorism.

Despite the fact that the very last place of the ranking still belongs to Baghdad, the capital of Iraq has seen significant improvements related to both safety and health service, Mercer says.

“Caracas, however, saw living standards drop following significant political and economic instability,” the report says.

World’s 10 best cities for quality of living

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zürich, Switzerland
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Auckland, New Zealand
  6. Düsseldorf, Germany
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Copenhagen, Denmark
  9. Geneva, Switzerland
  10. Basel, Switzerland

World’s 10 worst cities for quality of living

  1. Baghdad, Iraq
  2. Bangui, Central African Republic
  3. Sanaʽa, Yemen
  4. Port Au Prince, Haiti
  5. Khartoum, Sudan
  6. N’Djamena, Chad
  7. Damascus, Syria
  8. Brazzaville, Congo
  9. Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  10. Conakry, Guinea