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The 25 cities with the best quality of life in the world

Best Quality Of Life

Earlier this week, we took a look at which cities across the world provide the lowest quality of life, a ranking that is determined by a number of factors, including crime, pollution, the prevalence of disease, medical and educational facilities, infrastructure, political repression, and the availability of goods and services.

Today, we turn things around and draw your attention to which global cities you might want to consider living in, or at the very least, perhaps visiting at some point. The rankings below were put together by Mercer, a human resources consulting firm that calculates its “Quality of Living Rankings” on an annual basis.

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Interestingly, if we look at the top 25 cities on the list, no city from the United States managed to make the cut. In contrast, German cities take up five spots while Canadian cities comprise four spots on the list. In fact, no U.S. city shows up until the 28th spot which is represented by San Francisco.

Other U.S. cities ranked as follows: Boston (34), Honolulu (35), Chicago (43), New York City (44), Los Angeles (49), Washington (51).

For 2016, here are the cities that scored the highest.

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Auckland, New Zealand
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Vancouver, Canada
  6. Dusseldorf, Germany
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Geneva, Switzerland
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Sydney, Australia
  11. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  12. Wellington, New Zealand
  13. Berlin, Germany
  14. Bern, Switzerland
  15. Toronto, Canada
  16. Melbourne, Australia
  17. Ottawa, Canada
  18. Hamburg, Germany
  19. Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  20. Stockholm, Sweden
  21. Brussels, Belgium
  22. Perth, Australia
  23. Montreal, Canada
  24. Stuttgart, Germany
  25. Nurnberg, Germany

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.