Mercer’s Top Cities Worldwide by Quality of Life

Mercer has out its annual list of the top cities worldwide, ranked by quality of life. From a quick glance, not much has changed from last year, with Canada and Switzerland leading the way, the U.S. entirely absent (which I’m suuuure is not political), and Germany somehow sneaking in higher than expected. And Ottawa is a fine place, and mostly harmless, but in the top 25 worldwide? Oye.


  1. Calgary is ranked higher than any other cities in the US. I have been to Calgary. It is OK, but … Well, it is just some ranking. Who cares.

  2. “The Quality of Living index is based on several criteria used to judge whether an expatriate is entitled to a hardship allowance. A city with a high Quality of Living index is a safe and stable one, but it may be lacking the dynamic je ne sais quoi that makes people want to live in world-renowned cities such as Paris, Tokyo, London or New York. Sometimes you need a little spice to make a city exciting. But that “spice” may also give a city a lower ranking.”
    Bleh – Zurich? Bern? Frankfurt? Auckland? Call it the Top 50 Dullest cities in the world instead. Some of the cities are nice and would make the lower portion of my top 25 (Sydney, Munich).

  3. Sitting here in Ottawa trying to think of a decent restaurant for dinner. Oh to be in NYC….

  4. I want to point out the proper spelling is “Oy,” and it is considered good jewish etiquette to include an exclamation mark. (Italics never hurt either).
    Example: When was the last time you called your mother? Oy!

  5. Why are 5 of the Top 24 in Canada (who knew?)? And why are roughly 80% of all of them either German- or English-speaking? There’s GOT to be some kind of sample bias here…

  6. let it snow let it snow let it snow. just not on me. good grief.

  7. Ask a single executive and a family of four about quality of living and you get two very different answers. I would not consider moving my children from a German city to New York city (the base reference) to be a step up.