Best Places to Live for Quality of Life


Most Livable Cities in the US and the World


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Melbourne, Australia

Numerous researchers each year try to determine which places offer the best quality of life, which are the safest, or the happiest. The methodology of each research varies while components like safety, economics, political stability, and education are almost always included as the most critical parameters for measuring the quality of life or any other focus of the research. One such study conducted by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research and analysis division of the Economist Group, which ranks world’s most livable cities. The survey on 30 factors spread across five areas: stability, infrastructure, education, healthcare, and environment, with the results presented each year in August.

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Vienna, Austria

Here is the list of ten cities with the best quality of life in 2017:

1. Melbourne, Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

3. Vancouver, Canada

4. Toronto, Canada

5. Calgary, Canada

6. Adelaide, Australia

7. Perth, Australia

8. Auckland, New Zealand

9. Helsinki, Finland

10. Hamburg, Germany


Being on the top of this list or any similar list, Melbourne, Australia certainly started being comfortable since this is the city that holds onto first place as the city with the best quality of life for the seventh year in a row.

So what is it about Australia and Canada that makes three of their cities sit on the throne of the best standard of living list? The answer to that question we actually found in another research with the same focus. HSBC Global Research has published a ranking of the best countries for expats to live. What expats like about Canada is the stability, safety, and friendliness. In this research, Canada is also ranked as one of the most welcoming, tolerant of diversity, and open-minded countries.

Isolated, but extremely desirable for living. Australia is a democracy with a long tradition, great political organization, and laws that are assuring the absolute equality and social rights of their citizens. Expats from the HSBC research say they move there for the employment prospects, excellent quality of health care, overall safety, and robust education system.

Along with this package of advantages that make a living good in Canada, Australia, Austria, Germany, or Finland, goes a fact that all of these countries are ranked on UNESCO’s Human Development Index which uses life expectancy and income per capita indicators.

Vienna, Austria is another long runner in such surveys that measure “happiness” or quality of living - it’s constantly present as one of the best.

Finnish capital, Helsinki, has excellent standards of living, low crime, a stable cultural output, and is very environmentally conscious. You would think that high tax rates would make residents of Helsinki “sweat” like in one of their saunas, but for this city, it means the nation is well equipped to take care of their citizens.

Hamburg, the architectural charmer, is a German city that has always welcomed the world, and today is among the top cities with a free business environment and high ratings in housing, safety, and healthcare.

Unlike the world’s list of the winners on quality of living, recent NerdWallet research made for the United States is showing the best quality of life in the US is offered in the cities much smaller in size. According to NerdWallet no city in their top 10 had a population over 281, 000. Also, the commute is one of the essential categories that is included in the quality of life research of the U.S. while that variable is often not in the primary focus of the world’s ranking cities.

Here are the top 10 U.S. cities with the best quality of life:

1. Madison, Wisconsin

2. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

3. Lincoln, Nebraska

4. Overland Park, Kansas

5. Boise, Idaho

6. Cary, North Carolina

7. Eugene, Oregon

8. Little Rock, Arkansas

9. Des Moines, Iowa

10. Scottsdale, Arizona

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Madison, Wisconsin

Okay, so these places provide the best quality of life in numbers and their residents would expectedly agree with the data collected. Since we are all equally alike and different sometimes, we all do want the quality of life but it is how we see it and what we appreciate more in our lives- that is different. Some of us would commute longer to their dream job rather than to have one we don’t quite like right across the street from our house. Some of us are maybe not interested in how everything works behind the scenes as long as it’s functional. We can let this type of research remind us of what we have where we live because there is always the bottom of the list or the not so “desirable” places, and with that in mind we would not be far from proclaiming our life is of good quality here and no