The Best Cities Report 2007

So, the fine people at Mercer HR have done it again and released their World-wide quality of living survey for 2007. With some interesting results: Zurich remains #1, Vancouver comes in as #3 again now sharing this rank with Vienna. Our hometown Munich is ranked #8 (unchanged from last year).

I am a bit surprised that Nuremberg, Germany, shows up at all (#23), and that the US cities rank quite bad (#27 and #29). It’s sad to see Dublin dropping from #24 to #27, but at least they are still in the Top-30. It’s strange to see no cities from South America, Africa, or Asia being listed.

Hmmm, looking at the table below, I see that I have photos just for 10 of the Top-30 locations (actually it’s 11 of 30 as I have photos for Copenhagen, but have not published them yet). Anyway, it looks like I have still some travel ahead, with my favorite spots being Sydney/Australia, and Oslo.

Mercer Human Resource ConsultingWorldwide Quality of Living Survey 2007
Top 30
Base City: New York, USA (=100)
Rank 2007 Rank 2006 City Country Index
2007
Index
2006
1 1 ZURICH Switzerland 108.1 108.2
2 2 GENEVA Switzerland 108.0 108.1
3 3 VANCOUVER Canada 107.7 107.7
3 4 VIENNA Austria 107.7 107.5
5 5 AUCKLAND New Zealand 107.3 107.3
5 6 DÜSSELDORF Germany 107.3 107.2
7 7 FRANKFURT Germany 107.1 107.0
8 8 MUNICH Germany 106.9 106.8
9 9 BERN Switzerland 106.5 106.5
9 9 SYDNEY Australia 106.5 106.5
11 11 COPENHAGEN Denmark 106.2 106.2
12 12 WELLINGTON New Zealand 105.8 105.8
13 13 AMSTERDAM The Netherlands 105.7 105.7
14 14 BRUSSELS Belgium 105.6 105.6
15 15 TORONTO Canada 105.4 105.4
16 16 BERLIN Germany 105.2 105.1
17 17 MELBOURNE Australia 105.0 105.0
18 18 LUXEMBOURG Luxembourg 104.8 104.8
18 18 OTTAWA Canada 104.8 104.8
20 20 STOCKHOLM Sweden 104.7 104.7
21 21 PERTH Australia 104.5 104.5
22 22 MONTREAL Canada 104.3 104.3
23 23 NÜRNBERG Germany 104.2 104.1
24 25 CALGARY Canada 103.6 103.6
24 26 HAMBURG Germany 103.6 103.4
26 31 OSLO Norway 103.5 102.8
27 24 DUBLIN Ireland 103.3 103.8
27 27 HONOLULU United States 103.3 103.3
29 28 SAN FRANCISCO United States 103.2 103.2
30 29 ADELAIDE Australia 103.1 103.1
30 29 HELSINKI Finland 103.1 103.1

Source: World-wide quality of living survey for 2007

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