Vienna declared as having world's highest quality of living

For 19 years, the global consulting firm Mercer has been investigating, assessing and ranking the world's cities according to their overall quality of living.

This time around, the top spot goes to Vienna, which has held the title for 8 consecutive years.

Top 10 cities with the highest quality of living

Top 10 cities with the highest quality of living
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Top 10 cities with the highest quality of living

1. Vienna, Austria

Original caption: The Wiener Riesenrad, or Riesenrad, is a 64.75-metre (212 ft) tall Ferris wheel at the entrance of the Prater amusement park in Leopoldstadt, the 2nd district of Austria's capital Vienna. It is one of Vienna's most popular tourist attractions, and symbolises the district as well as the city for many people. Constructed in 1897, it was the world's tallest extant Ferris wheel from 1920 until 1985.

2. Zurich, Switzerland

3. Auckland, New Zealand

Original caption: Auckland Skyline Twilight - Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, under a dramatic twilight sky.

4. Munich, Germany

Original caption: Marienplatz (en: Mary's Square, i.e. St. Mary, Our Lady's Square) is a central square in the city centre of Munich, Germany. It has been the city's main square since 1158.

5. Vancouver, Canada

Original caption: Vancouver with False Creek in foreground and Grouse Mountain and the North Shore Mountains in background.

6. Dusseldorf, Germany

Original caption: View of the Skyline of Dusseldorf and the Rhine River

7. Frankfurt, Germany

8. Geneva, Switzerland

Original caption: Beautiful view of the water jet fountain with rainbow in the lake of Geneva and the cityscape of Geneva at sunset, Switzerland

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

Tie-10. Basel, Switzerland

Original caption: Mittlere Bridge in its current form was built in 1905, but its predecessor was one of the most important crossings of the Rhine. The first bridge was build in 1226 and the city was extended on the other side of the river just for securing the bridge. On the left of the image the St-Martin Church (14th century parish church) overlooks the beautiful waterfront houses. HDR image taken early in the morning with clouds clearing out after a stormy night.

Tie-10. Sydney, Australia

Original caption: Sydney, Australia - September 5, 2013: Beautiful Opera house view at twilight time with vivid sky and illumination on the bridge.


European cities dominate the top 10, with Zurich ranking 2nd, Munich 4th, and Dusseldorf 6th.

Slots seven through 10 are awarded to, in order, Frankfurt, Geneva, Copenhagen, and Basel.

The only two cities outside of Europe included in the uppermost tier are Auckland at 3rd and Vancouver in 5th.

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While no U.S. cities cracked the top 10, a number made it into the top 50.

They include San Francisco at 29, Boston at 35, and Honolulu at 36.

According to Mercer, infrastructure is a key factor in determining a city's quality of life.

The company notes, "Easy access to transportation, reliable electricity, and drinkable water are all important considerations..."

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