Which Cities Provide the Best Quality of Life?

Hong Kong BusinessesDefining all the aspects that add up to form the perfect quality of life will be different from person to person. Some will look to places with the highest amount of green space and cleanest air, while others will desire those with the lowest cost of living, or the best services on offer.

There have been many studies undertaken to work out which cities have the best quality of life for their citizens, based on all these aspects and more. Here are some of the cities across the entire world which are widely regarded as the best to live, if you’re thinking about emigrating to somewhere new.

Vienna, Austria

Based right in the centre of Europe, Vienna may not be the cheapest place to live on the continent, but it is far from the most expensive. Food, services and other prices have all increased since Austria joined the European Union in 1995 yet so has the overall quality of life. Constantly named within the best cities to live in, it provides a rich history and culture, along with a wide variation in lifestyle costs, from cheap and traditional restaurants to upmarket sectors.

Zurich, Switzerland

The economic hub that continues to drive Switzerland’s name up the table of richest countries in the world, without the close proximity to oil or human rights abuses that plague others on the list, Zurich is also the country’s cultural hotspot. Providing a mix of modernity with history and a consistently booming economy, its inhabitants are among some of the richest in the world. This does mean that it is one of, if not the, most expensive city to live in within Europe, but if you work there as well then it soon balances out.

Auckland, New Zealand

Outside of Europe there are a few cities that also offer a great quality of life. New Zealand’s capital of Auckland is one of the safest in the world, with a well-balanced economy to boot. The average salary is around $51,000, which makes it easily affordable, and if you work within IT then you can expect to land some of the highest paying jobs that offer around double that.

Vancouver, Canada

US cities rarely make it into lists of cities that provide the best quality of life, but a number of their Canadian neighbours do. Vancouver is one of the most culturally diverse, with over half of its inhabitants having a first language that isn’t English. In a country that is renowned for its safety and that is close to mountainous, lake regions and the US border, it’s an appealing choice for many.

Munich, Germany

Unlike the capital Berlin, Munich is yet to experience as big an influx of expats despite being one of Germany’s powerhouses. Slightly cheaper than the capital too, with a great transport and healthcare service, there are few downsides to the city. Its location allows easy access to the rest of Europe and its home to many parks and lakes.

If you’re looking to move for a better quality of life, then these five cities are some of the best options to consider.

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