Sorry America. No USA cities made this year’s best places to live survey.
Global consulting firm Mercer has released its quality-of-living rankings, and, for a 10th year in a row, Vienna took the No. 1 spot. It was followed by Zurich, with Auckland, Munich and Vancouver tying for third place.
The company ranks hundreds of global cities based on a number of factors, including recreation, housing, economy, public services and transport, political and social environment, education, medical and health considerations, and the natural environment.
“European cities continue to have the highest quality of living in the world, with Vienna (1), Zurich (2) and Munich (3) not only ranking first, second and third in Europe, but also globally,” the report revealed, adding that “as many as 13 of the world’s top 20 spots were taken by European cities.”
20 cities with the highest quality of living
6. Duesseldorf, Germany
10. Basel, Switzerland
14. Bern, Switzerland
15. Wellington, New Zealand
17. Melbourne, Australia
You’ll have to scroll all the way down to the 34th spot to find an American city. That honor goes to San Francisco, followed closely by Boston (36), Honolulu (37), New York (44), Seattle (46), Chicago (49), Washington, D.C. (53), Philadelphia (54) and Pittsburgh (59).
Not only do U.S. cities rank pretty low down on the list, but they’re falling in the ranking. Indeed, all U.S. cities fell in ranking this year with the exception of New York, which climbed one place to 44th as crime rates in the city fell. Meanwhile, Detroit retained its spot as the lowest-ranking U.S. city.
In the Middle East and Africa, Dubai ranks highest, at 74th, closely followed by Abu Dhabi at No. 78. In Asia, Singapore takes the highest spot, 25th, followed by five Japanese cities: Toyko, Kobe, Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya. New Zealand and Australia score highly on this list, with Auckland making the No. 3 spot, and Sydney, Wellington and Melbourne all making the top 20; Mercer notes that those cities all rank among the top 50 for safety.