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Top 10 Cities to Live in the World

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If we had the choice of any city in the world to live, possibly we wouldn’t know which to decide.

Because it is extremely difficult to evaluate the many factors that implies that a city has better quality of life than another to live, as many people prefer a more relaxed style of life, or on the contrary a very active life, with more cultural interest or social events, sports and many other preferences, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s made the task of measuring 30 factors relating to stability, health care, education, environment and infrastructure, among 140 cities around the world to assess what would be considered between the best and the worst quality of life based on these factors.

 1- Stability

The first category corresponds to 25% of the total punctuation, within five parameters are taken into account: petty crime, violent crime, terrorist threats, threats of military conflicts and threats of civil unrest.

 2- Health Care

 The 20% of the evaluation is based on health care, a category which is considered the availability and quality of public health service, availability and service quality private healthcare, the availability of drugs for sale, and general health indicators.

3- Culture and Environment

The environment and culture accounted for 25% of the total score and there are many factors which are evaluated in this category: temperature and humidity, how it affects tourists climate, levels of corruption, social and religious restrictions, censure levels, availability for sports, availability have access to culture, food and beverages, and consumer goods and services.

4- Education

10% of the final score corresponds to education and measures considered are the availability and quality of private education, and public education indicators.

 5- Infrastructure

The remaining 20% of the total score evaluates infrastructure, based on the quality of roads, public transport, international networks, housing, energy and water supplies, and the quality of telecommunications.

The cities that obtained the highest score, are medium-sized cities in the richest countries, obtaining for the sixth consecutive year the first place with better conditions to live, the city of Melbourne, Australia.

Of the top ten best cities, Australia and Canada have 6 of the best cities to live in; the city of Sidney came out the top ten due to fear of terrorism in the largest and most populated city in that country.

Melbourne, Australia is the city with the best quality of life, leading the ranking between140 cities.

Melbourne, the Australian city that has managed 97.5 points out of 100 with the “best city to live in” is valued.

Second Vienna located in Austria obtained 97.4 total punctuation, the first European city on the list.

The third place on top list is Vancouver, Canada with 97.3 score.

The fourth best city to live in is Toronto, Canada.

The fifth place is for another Canadian city: Calgary.

The sixth place is for Adelaide, Australia.

The seventh position is for another Australian city: Perth.

The eighth place of the top 10 on the list is: Auckland, New Zealand.

The ninth place is for Helsinki, Finland.

The tenth best city to live in is: Hamburg, Germany.

TOP 10 BEST CITIES TO LIVE IN

Total punctuation out of 100

1

Melbourne

Australia

97.5

2

Vienna

Austria

97.4

3

Vancouver

Canada

97.3

4

Toronto

Canada

97.2

5

Calgary

Canada

96.6

6

Adelaide

Australia

96.6

7

Perth

Australia

95.9

8

Auckland

New Zealand

95.7

9

Helsinki

Finland

95.6

10

Hamburg

Germany

95

 The scores out of 100 from the top 5 cities in each category are:

Categories

Melbourne

Vienna

Vancouver

Toronto

Calgary

Stability

95

95

95

100

100

Health Care

100

100

100

100

100

Culture and Environment

95.1

94.4

100

97.2

89.1

Education

100

100

100

100

100

Infrastructure

100

100

92.9

89.3

96.4

Among the 140 cities evaluated, which came out with the lowest punctuation in general is Damascus, Syria, due to the civil war, preceded by the Libyan Tripoli and Lagos, Nigeria.

The city of Kiev has a good ranking in education and health care, but also has a low punctuation in stability due to the conflict of Ukraine with Russia and its general ranking obtain within the 10 worst places.

The 10 cities with the lowest quality of life according to this study

(0 is the lowest score for quality of life and 100 the highest) 

1

Damascus

Syria

30.2

2

Tripoli

Libya

35.9

3

Lagos

Nigeria

36

4

Dacca

Bangladesh

38.7

5

P. Moresby

Papua N.G.

38.9

6

Karachi

Pakistan

40.9

7

Algiers

Algeria

40.9

8

Harare

Zimbabwe

42.6

9

Douala

Cameroon

44

10

Kiev

Ukraine

44.1

There has been a noticeable drop in the ranking of many cities, due to increasing instability experienced during the past year, some of these cities are in western Europe: Zurich, Geneva, Frankfurt, Berlin, Oslo, Luxembourg, Brussels, Rome and Lisbon, most suffered amid fears of attacks after Paris and Brussels but the most notable being in Paris, by the terrorist attacks. In the United States they have also fallen on punctuation presented by civil unrest in cities like Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco the study mentions.

The cities that have become worse in relation to their scores,

from 2011 to 2016

Place 2016

City

Country

Score 2016

Drop in the score from 2011 to 2016

140

Damascus

Syria

30.2

- 26.1

131

Kiev

Ukraine

44.1

- 25.1

57

Detroit

USA

85

- 5.7

80

Moscow

Russia

72.8

- 5.6

91

Bahrain

Bahrain

68.8

- 4.6

139

Tripoli

Libya

35.9

- 4.5

76

St. Petersburg

Russia

74.1

- 4.4

32

Paris

France

91.1

- 3.7

69

Athens

Greece

75.3

- 3.4

123

Caracas

Venezuela

51.3

- 3.3

The cities that have become better in relation to their scores,

from 2011 to 2016

Place 2016

City

Country

Score 2016

Drop in the score from 2011 to 2016

126

Teheran

Iran

50.8

+5.0

74

Dubai

Emiratos Arabes

74.7

+4.6

133

Harare

Zimbabwe

42.6

+4.4

128

Abidjan

C. de Marfil

49.7

+3.8

81

Kuwait

Kuwait

72.1

+2.5

124

Katmandu

Nepal

51

+2.3

65

Varsovia

Polonia

80.3

+2.1

63

Bratislava

Eslovaquia

81.5

+1.7

103

Baku

Azerbaiyan

62.3

+1.6

17

Honolulu

USA

94.1

+1.3

 Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit´s

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