Amsterdam just misses top 10 on Mercer 2019 Quality of Living Ranking

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

Not one USA city ranks in the world's top 30 for its quality of living, according to Global consulting firm Mercer.

Being medium-sized, safe and relatively green are some of the features it shares with second-placed Zurich, a much more expensive city and major financial centre, as well as with Auckland, Munich and Vancouver, which came joint third.

Venezuela's capital fell 29 positions on the world scale, ranking 202nd out of 231 cities analyzed by the global consultancy based in NY. "On all of the other aspects especially compared to United States cities, Calgary ranks ahead of all the United States cities as do all the Canadian cities". He says that's mainly due to safety and crime, adding that crime rates are much lower in Canada than in the U.S.

Copenhagen is the only Danish city included in the 231-city ranking. Western Europe dominates the ranking, with Luxembourg named as the safest city in the world.

"Companies looking to expand overseas have a host of considerations when identifying where best to locate staff and new offices".

At the other end of the scale, Iraqi capital Baghdad was ranked at the bottom of the list.


In Asia, Singapore is followed by the five Japanese cities of Tokyo (49th), Kobe (49th), Yokohama (55th), Osaka (58th), and Nagoya (62nd), and then Hong Kong (71st) and Seoul (77th), which rose two places this year as political stability returned following the arrest of its president last year.

Mercer said Caracas "saw living standards drop following significant political and economic instability".

Dubai (74th) continues to rank highest for quality of living across the Middle East, closely followed by Abu Dhabi (78th). If Amsterdam wants to make it into the top 10 next year, it will have to devote more attention to traffic problems and recreation.

Bangui (Central African Republic) and Sana'a (Yemen), meanwhile, are ranked the worst cities for quality of living.

The survey also said that London is the United Kingdom's best city to live in.

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