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May 18 2011

Quality of Living Surveys


Mercers Worldwide Quality of Living Survey

The Mercer Quality of Living Survey covers 215 cities and these are compared to New York as the base city, with an index score of 100.

2010 Mercer Quality of Living Ranking

Rank City Country Index
1 Vienna Austria 108.6
2 Zurich Switzerland 108.0
3 Geneva Switzerland 107.9
4 Vancouver Canada 107.4
4 Auckland New Zealand 107.4
6 Dusseldorf Germany 107.2
7 Frankfurt Germany 107.0
7 Munich Germany 107.0
9 Bern Switzerland 106.5
10 Sydney Australia 106.3

Mercers 2009 Worldwide Quality of Living Survey

Australian and New Zealand cities continue to dominate worldwide quality of living standards

All Australian and New Zealand cities ranked higher than New York (100 points).

  • Sydney ranked 10th place, scoring 106.3 points;
  • Melbourne ranked 18th (scoring 104.8 points);
  • Perth ranked 21st place (scoring 104.3);
  • Adelaide ranked 30th (scoring 103 points);
  • Brisbane ranked 34th (scoring 102.4 points);
  • London ranked 38th (scoring 101.6 points)

The top 5 worldwide cities overall were:

Vienna, Austria (1st)
Zurich, Switzerland (2nd)
Geneva, Switzerland (3rd )
Vancouver, Canada (tied 4th)
Auckland, New Zealand (tied 4th)

2009 City Infrastructure Ranking
(includes the following criteria: electricity, water availability, telephone, mail, public transport, traffic congestion and airport)

In the Top 50 cities, the Australian and UK results are :

  • 8 London 104.8 pts
  • 11 Sydney 104.0 pts
  • 32 New York based on 100 points
  • 35 Melbourne 99.2 pts
  • 38 Adelaide 98.9 pts
  • 38 Brisbane 98.9 pts
  • 38 Perth 98.9 pts
  • 45 Birmingham 97.8 pts
  • 45 Glasgow 97.8 pts

2009 Worldwide Quality of Living Survey at: www.mercer.com.au

Mercers 2008 Worldwide Quality of Living Survey
2008 Quality of Living Survey

  • Sydney (10) is the city in Australia with the best quality of living, followed by
  • Melbourne (17),
  • Perth (21),
  • Adelaide (29),
  • Brisbane (34),In the UK,
  • London ranks 38,
  • Birmingham and Glasgow are jointly 56

2008 Personal Safety Survey
In the top 70 cities: “Personal Safety Rankings”, the Australia & UK results are:

  • Melbourne (29),
  • Perth (29),
  • Sydney (29),
  • Glasgow (43),
  • Adelaide (49),
  • Brisbane (49),
  • Birmingham (53)
  • London (69).

2008 Worldwide Quality of Living Survey at: www.mercer.com.au






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