Whether you’re traveling the globe in search of paradise or are considering life as an expat, these 10 cities around the globe are where you can expect to find the highest quality of life.
10. Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg, a major port city in northern Germany, is connected to the North Sea by the Elbe River. It’s crossed by hundreds of canals, and also contains large areas of parkland. Near its core, Inner Alster lake is dotted with boats and surrounded by cafes.
Hamburg slid into the top 10 with an overall rating of 95.
Hamburg’s stability score was at 90, while its culture and environment score were 93.5, its education score was at 91.7, and both its healthcare and infrastructure scores came in at a perfect 100.
9. Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki, Finland’s southern capital, sits on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Its central avenue, Mannerheimintie, is flanked by institutions including the National Museum, tracing Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present. Also on Mannerheimintie are the imposing Parliament House and Kiasma, a contemporary art museum.
One of the factors that put cities on the top 10 most livable cities list, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, is a relatively low population density. Finland has a density that ranges between 15 and 18 people per square kilometer of land, which is quite small in comparison to the global land average of 57 people per square kilometer.
8. Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland, based around 2 large harbors, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the center, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens.
Auckland, based around 2 large harbors, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island.
7. Perth, Australia
Perth, capital of Western Australia, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast. Sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city.
Perth was another Australian city to make it onto the list, with an overall score of 95.9. Perth had a stability score of 95, a culture and environment score of 88.7, and a score of 100 for its healthcare, education, and infrastructure.
Singapore, an island city-state off southern Malaysia, is a global financial center with a tropical climate and multicultural population. Its colonial core centers on the Padang, a cricket field since the 1830s and now flanked by grand buildings such as City Hall, with its 18 Corinthian columns.
5. Calgary, Canada
Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with numerous skyscrapers, owes its rapid growth to its status as the center of Canada’s oil industry. It was one of three Canadian cities that made it to the top 10, with an overall score of 96.6. Its stability, education, and healthcare scores were all at 100, while its infrastructure score was 96.4 and its culture and environment score was an admirable 89.1.
4. Toronto, Canada
Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It’s a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower.Toronto came in at fourth place this year, with an overall rating of 97.2. Its health care, stability, and education scores were all perfect 100’s. Toronto’s infrastructure score was 96.4, while its culture and environment score were 89.1.
3. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. A popular filming location, it’s surrounded by mountains, and also has thriving art, theatre, and music scenes. Vancouver Art Gallery is known for its works by regional artists.Vancouver ranked No. 3 with an overall rating of 97.3, with a stability score of 95, an infrastructure score of 92.9, and solid 100’s for healthcare, culture, and environment, and education.
2. Vienna, Austria
Vienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven, and Sigmund Freud. The city is also known for its Imperial palaces, including Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence.
Only 0.1 percentage points separated Vienna from this year’s top city. Vienna’s overall score was 97.4.
This Austrian city has a stability score of 95, while its healthcare, education, and infrastructure scores are all 100. Vienna’s culture and environment score were 94.4.
1. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is the coastal capital of the southeastern Australian state of Victoria. At the city’s center is the modern Federation Square development, with plazas, bars, and restaurants by the Yarra River. In the Southbank area, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is the site of Arts Centre Melbourne – a performing arts complex – and the National Gallery of Victoria, with Australian and indigenous art.
Considered the No.1 most livable city on Earth this year, Melbourne earned an overall score of 97.5, with perfect 100s in three categories: education, infrastructure, and healthcare. Melbourne has a stability score of 95 and a culture and environment score of 95.1.