World’s Most Livable Cities: Senior Citizen Update

Jul 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Travel

This article is an update to the one we posted in February, 2010.  Monocle Magazine picks the “Most livable cities in the world“.  Munich residents have a reason to toast themselves months before Oktoberfest this year, as the Bavarian city tops the list of Monocle Magazine’s Quality of Life rankings for 2010 — thus making it the world’s “Most Liveable City.”

According to Monocle Editor-in-Chief Tyler Brule, the fourth annual survey ranks cities based on a variety of different criteria, including social and economic circumstances for residents, public health, infrastructure, and ease and availability of local transport.  With two cities each in the Top 12, Germany and Australia certainly lead the pack. But other Europeans needn’t fret as Asia scored only one spot, and the U.S. was shut out entirely, with its top-ranked city, Honolulu, slipping two slots from last year to #13.

Taken from The Week, June 11, 2010, is Mercer’s 2010 Quality of Living survey highlights – Global. The global financial crisis has not had a uniform impact on all countries, and government reactions have also been varied. In addition, many developmental activities initiated in previous years have only just started to make an impact on the daily lives of expatriates in the regions where these activities have been launched. Furthermore, limitations on personal freedom and relationships with other countries often are not related to the state of the economy.  Considering all these factors and issues, it is not surprising that we witnessed the usual mix of increases and decreases in quality of living in the past year. Mercer, a British consulting firm, ranked 221 cities around the word based on their “quality of living” and placed NO U.S. city in the top 30… surprised?  The top five were:

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

Eco-City Ranking 2010 includes the following criteria: Water availability, water potability, waste removal, sewage, air pollution and traffic congestion.  The top five Eco-Rankings were:

  • Calgary, Canada (1st)
  • Honolulu, United States (2nd)
  • Ottawa, Canada (tied 3rd)
  • Helsinki, Finland (tied 3rd)
  • Wellington, New Zealand (5th)

European cities dominate the top 10 ranking for Quality of living, with Canada, New Zealand and Australia also featured.  Vienna scores highest for overall quality of living, Baghdad the lowest.  Calgary is the world’s top in the Eco-city ranking, followed by Honolulu, with Ottawa and Helsinki in joint 3rd place

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