That would be the ninth year in a row!
The top-ranked city provides its residents with “high security, well-structured public transportation, and a variety of cultural and recreation facilities,” Mercer explained in a press release.
So what are the criteria?
The survey evaluates 39 factors including crime, healthcare, schools and education, housing, and public services and transportation.
Those things are important. But what about friendliness? What about access to great food and entertainment? What about vibrancy? If you add those factors in —which I think one should — would Vienna still dominate? I tend to doubt it.
So where are the ranking systems that focus on these people oriented factors that make places either attractive or oppressive?
Chicagoans raved about their city’s bar scene, its live music and culture, its local neighbourhoods and its affordability. It was one of the happiest and proudest cities worldwide. In fact, it only fell short on safety and whether it had become a better place to live over time.
Porto came in second!
It may be Portugal’s second city, but pleasant Porto is the best place in the world for making friends, finding love, feeling free to be yourself and keeping in touch with family – beating Lisbon in most categories across the board, and ranking second overall. For travellers, it’s also the most affordable city for a night out.
EscapeHere ranks … drum roll please … Hamburg as the most exciting city in the world
Hamburg might not be an obvious choice as one of the world’s most exciting cities but upon closer inspection, it definitely fits the bill for thrills. As Germany’s largest port and second biggest city, the thriving commercial center is refreshingly bold in its moves—as much can be said about almost every scene in Hamburg, from art to food and especially after-hours. Maritime spirit throughout Hamburg transcends through squawking gulls, restaurant menus, and architecture; the influence of the water is palpable. Multiculturalism is exemplified right through diverse neighborhoods exhibiting a wealth of ethnic hotspots. Even the magnificently shabby red light district of Reeperbahn is popular for racier nightlife options while boho-chic Schanzenviertel and Grossneumarkt Square throw out more possibilities. Waterfront venues pump out the best of electronic and live music—after all, the Beatles have history here and Hamburg has shown unparalleled promise on the music front ever since.
Errr … Hanoi?
… 1 million people strong and boasting a distinct, frenetic buzz, Vietnam’s capital city is extraordinary to visit, a haven for expats and backpackers alike. Many bars keep clandestine hours, staying open well past the government mandated midnight closing time — they’ll shut the lights and board up and everyone has to hush until government control passes by. After-hours, nightclubs on river barges just outside city limits thump until sunrise, inevitably depositing partiers at some kind of food cart — pho, banh mi (add an egg), you name it.
All of these places are no doubt awesome in one way or anther. Perhaps in many ways! But somehow, they leave me unsatisfied.
What do you think?