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10 U.S. cities with the highest quality of life

Updated 4 years ago
Published Mar 31st, 2016 3:01PM EDT
Highest Quality Of Life
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Earlier this month, we highlighted which global cities ranked the highest in terms of quality of life, a ranking based on a whole array of factors, including the prevalence of crime, pollution, health of the citizenry, medical and educational facilities, infrastructure, political repression, and the availability and affordability of essential goods and services.

Interestingly, not a single U.S. city on the list managed to crack the top 20. In fact, the highest ranking U.S. city – San Francisco – didn’t make an appearance until the 28th spot. Occupying the top 20 spots on the list were a smattering of cities from the likes of Germany, New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland.

But if you have no intention of traveling to or living in Dusseldorf, Germany, you might naturally be wondering which large cities in the United States have the best quality of life. Well, wonder no more. Mercer, a human resources consulting firm, tabulates a “Quality of Living” ranking every year and this is how large U.S. cities stacked up in the company’s 2016 report.

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1. San Francisco

2. Boston

3. Honolulu

4. Chicago

5. New York City

6. Seattle

7. Los Angeles

8. Washington D.C.

9. Pittsburgh

10. Philadelphia


Yoni Heisler Contributor

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.