The world's 15 best places to live

Quality of life and personal safety rank high for these metropolises, according to a survey by human resources consulting firm Mercer, which evaluated 221 cities worldwide.

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Aug 29, 2013 11:21AM
anyone else notice all the best cities are basically the whitest and all the worst cities are the darkest, just an observation?
Dec 21, 2013 3:13PM
Not one of these places is in the U.S. I think maybe that should start telling people here something.
Aug 29, 2013 11:15AM
If I had the money, any of the top 5 best places to live would work. At least for the next 3 years!
Apr 14, 2014 2:37AM
i live in Sydney Australia, and would definitely recommend it. I love it, there is plenty of entertainment, the crime rate is tolerable, the weather is beautiful and you can definitely tell the difference in each season, the people are lovely and welcoming, it has great culture, brilliant infrastructure and a great amount of history, it is also a great place to have a family. 

i would not want to live anywhere else in the world.
Aug 29, 2013 3:24PM
Wellington sits atop the most earthquake-prone locality in the world That fact should have been recognized in the rankings..
Jan 8, 2014 6:55AM
Aug 11, 2014 7:14AM
I pity the rest of the world if Toronto is rated this high. I am a Canadian and I have travelled lots and been all across Canada and Toronto is not a great place to live. Montreal would be preferred for instance. Victoria is much better than Ottawa.
Jul 26, 2014 5:21AM
No where in England :O to be honest i agree, although crime rate is going down at last, its got a long way to go and allot of buildings are ugly, but its still my home :)
Apr 13, 2014 5:17PM
The best place to live is actually Columbia Wider Area in South Carolina. Here's why. The climate is warm yet still has 4 seasons. It's close to the coast and to the mountains. The climate is not as humid as the mountains and not as humid as the coast. Usually a 30% humidity most days unless its raining. No traffic. No hurricanes, no tornadoes, no earthquakes, no flooding, no landslides, no forest fires, not much crime especially in smaller towns around. Low property taxes, cheap housing, extremely affordable real estate, low cost of living.  Plenty of water, plenty of woods, plenty of things to do. No large predators such as mountain lions, bears or wolves. It is very safe. No need to worry about mineral rights or drought or traffic. No racist tension like in big cities. Everyone friendly. Nice area. You'll like it.
Aug 18, 2014 7:06PM
In my opinion, what I think make a city a good place to live:
- quality of life (good neighborhood, safety, health system, food, you don't necessary need to be rich to have a decent life...)
- employment rate
- cost of living
- things to do
- freedom :)
- and a bit of optimism for the future
- have time to enjoy life (be happy or trying).

A Senegalese man living in Calgary!

Dec 15, 2013 8:44PM

Adelaide is DEFINATELY THE BEST!! small city - so you don't get lost and you know where everything is, never any heavy traffic, not an over populated place, Adelaide hills are beautiful, weather is  gorgeous (well, not always...), great places to live, very friendly customer service at restaurants an shops, pristine clean and very modern Airport, and sooo many more!! Seriously though, I LOVE Adelaide!! It is a beautiful place to live or even just visit!! I can't express in words how much I adore this place!! It is truly one of God's best masterpieces!!

Aug 29, 2013 1:40PM
I like Zurich and Vancouver but both are expensive places to live, and Vancouver and Toronto have terrible traffic.  I would put San Francisco in the top 15, and it also its pretty expensive. Personally I like Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Apr 21, 2014 8:18PM
Personally, I have been to Geneva, dusseldorf, and other big cities but find them very gloomy and dark, and high percentage of suicide rate and in these rich cities, horribly expensive, I would prefer to live in Al madina Al monawara, the great city of Islam situated in Saudi Arabia, very delightful city with great of joy and peace and tranquility and richness of soul, and happiness within your inner self and it feels so great to be close to God ( Allah ), one prayer in the prophet Mosque counted as a thousand time in any other in the world, and let not forget the great City of Makah, the center of the universe, it is the greatest of them all, and one prayer there is counted as one hundred thousand times in any other mosque in the world, those two cities and the only cities guarded by Angels of Allah, and will remain always centre of peace and tranquility and happiness.
Aug 29, 2013 3:33PM

not one notice of a city or state in the surprise....our infrastructure sucks...and Americans are really not the friendliest people, unless u are in the South east / west or Midwest.   We do not understand different cultures nor do we want to understand different cultures.


But I still think America is the best country in the world.  I can say the above because of our freedom.

Oct 4, 2012 4:58PM
Jan 9, 2013 9:35AM
Dubai,United Arab Emirates is the best!!
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