Quality of Living City Ranking

Marco Green
March 20, 2018

"Cities in the United Kingdom continue to rank highly for quality of living, and remain attractive destinations for multinationals and their employees", said Kate Fitzpatrick, Mercer's global mobility practice leader for Britain and Ireland.

Despite ranking behind their regional competitors in Hong Kong and Singapore, residents of China's biggest cities can rejoice that they have rank well above the region's cellar dwellers, with the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka coming in the last place regionally (216th globally) after being dinged for sanitation concerns. The Austrian capital was followed by Switzerland's Zurich in second place with Auckland in New Zealand and Germany's Munich in joint-third place.

Western European cities filled eight places in the top 10 list.

"The results demonstrate that Dublin remains an attractive location for global business to send their employees", he added.

"Cities in emerging markets‚ though challenged by economic and political turmoil‚ are catching up with top-ranking cities following decades of investing in infrastructure‚ recreational facilities and housing in order to attract talent and multinational businesses‚" Mercer said.

This year the survey also looks at city sanitation, analysing waste removal and sewage infrastructure, levels of infectious disease, air pollution, and water availability and quality.

Learn more about the trends and highlights in this year's ranking, plus comments from Mercer's mobility experts.

"Companies need to consider these factors in their value proposition to both their local and their expatriate employees", said senior partner and president of Mercer's career business, Ilya Bonic.

Consultant at Mercer Ireland, said: "Dublin ranks higher than London and compares favourably to a host of other European capital cities".

Baghdad has been at the bottom of the ranking for some time, hit by years of violence following the American-led invasion in 2003. Oslo (25) and Lisbon (38) increased their rankings by six and five places respectively. Asian cities also scoring in the top 100 were Seoul at 79th, Taipei at number 84 and Kuala Lumpur at 85th. London (41) is the highest ranked United Kingdom city ahead of Edinburgh (46), Birmingham (50), Glasgow (50), Aberdeen (58) and Belfast (68).

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