Quality of Living Across the Globe

According to Mercer’s 2010 Quality of Living survey, European cities provide some of the highest rankings in overall standards of living. Highlights of this survey also include the Top Eco-Cities in the World. Let's take a look -

Top 10 Quality of Living
for cities worldwide:
  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Geneva, Switzerland
  4. Vancouver, Canada
  5. Auckland, New Zealand
  6. Dusseldorf, Germany
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Munich, Germany
  9. Bern, Switzerland
  10. Sydney, Australia
If you're planning holidays to Canada, it's the only country to rank in the Top 5 Quality of Living Cities in the Americas:
  1. Vancouver, BC, Canada
  2. Toronto, ON, Canada
  3. Ottawa, ON, Canada
  4. Montreal, QC, Canada
  5. Calgary, AB, Canada
Mercer's has also ranked the Top 5 Eco-Cities in the World:
  1. Calgary, AB, Canada
  2. Honolulu, HI
  3. Ottawa, ON, Canada
  4. Helsinki, Finland
  5. Wellington, NZ
  6. Minneapolis, MN
  7. Adelaide, Australia
  8. Copenhagen, Denmark
  9. and 10. is a three-way tie between Kobe, Japan; Oslo, Norway; and Stockholm, Sweden
Mercer’s 2010 Quality of Living Survey is based on a ‘point-scoring index’ taking into factor such things as political and social development, economic environment, medical & health, schools, public transportation, recreation, housing, and natural environment.

In regards to Eco-City ranking, Mercer's Survey takes into account such factors as the availability and potability of water, sewage and waste removal, air pollution, and traffic congestion.

For more information, visit Mercer’s 2010 Quality of Living Survey.

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