May 27, 2010 09:17
Vienna has been named the world's best city to live in by a U.S. consulting firm. In Mercer's latest annual Quality of Living survey released on Wednesday, the Austrian capital ranked first with 108.6 points, followed by Zurich and Geneva, both of Switzerland. Vancouver, Canada and Auckland, New Zealand were tied at fourth place. The top five cities all maintained the same rankings as last year.
The survey evaluates the quality of life in 221 cities around the globe in terms of political and social environment, medical and health considerations, public services and transport, consumer goods, economic environment, schools and education, recreation, housing, socio-cultural environment, and natural environment.
Seoul ranked 81st, up two notches up from last year but still far behind the top 50.
Honolulu was the highest ranked U.S. city at 31st place. Singapore at 28th was the top city in Asia, far above its rivals Hong Kong at 71st and Shanghai at 98th. Tokyo slipped five notches to 40th place. War-torn Bagdad, Iraq ranked last for a seventh year in a row.
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