Vienna, Top Cities 2010

Vienna, Top Cities 2010

So many people and businesses are interested in the world’s best cities, therefore by the end of every year worldbestplaces.com mission will be the compilation of the world’s best cities to live in, to travel or just to be young and have fun.  We will deliver the definite guide to the top destinations based on all the lists available.  As it is not possible to reveal the perfect place, as it always depends on what variable your data will be based on, we will proposed different categories.  Here are the world’s best cities of 2010.


World’s best cities 2010 topics

Auckland, Top Cities 2010

Auckland, Top Cities 2010

  1. Introduction
  2. The 2010 winners
  3. What are the different lists available
  4. Mercer World’s Best cities
  5. Mercer World’s Top Greenest cities
  6. The Economist’s World’s Best cities
  7. Monocle World’s Best cities
  8. Ask Man World’s Best cities
  9. Travel and leisure World’s Best cities
  10. World’s best cities 2010 maps
  11. Mercer Quality of Life Full lists

The winners

This year global city winner is Vienna which obtained the highest score on the Mercer World’s Best cities index, closely followed by Zurich and Geneva.  Honolulu and San Francisco were chosen to be the best US cities to live in.

Munich, Top Cities 2010

Munich, Top Cities 2010

  1. Top Global: Vienna, Vancouver, Munich
  2. Top US: Honolulu
  3. Top Canada: Vancouver
  4. Top Asia: Singapore
  5. Top Greenest: Calgary
  6. Top UK: London
  7. Top Value: Bangkok
  8. Top Man: New York City

What are the different lists available

Singapore, Top Cities 2010

Singapore, Top Cities 2010

In term of the best cities to live in, perhaps the most famous list is the Mercer Quality of Living and its sister compilation of the Greenest cities. The second most known which is also based on the Mercer data is the Economist’s World’s Most Liveable Cities.  They both use the same data, but the way they are calculating the scores differs therefore producing two separate lists each year.  What is important, is not only the list but the whole analysis and different trends that can be concluded. Monocle World’s Best cities also produces a yearly list based on the quality of life index.
Another interesting list include the Ask Man World’s Best cities, which is more focus on the ideal place form a male perspective, regardless of the quality of life index.  Finally Travel and leisure produce a short list of the World’s Best cities generated by the users.

Mercer World’s Best cities

World's best Cities 2010 Map

Mercer World's best Cities 2010 Map

The Mercer list is a yearly list developed by the Mercer Consulting firm which analysis some 221 cities around the world.  The grades are based on a point-scoring index with New York as the base city and with a index score of 100.  This year,  the highest city was Vienna which scored 108.6 and the lowest, Baghdad with only 14.7.

Some of the conclusions of the Mercer list 2010

The German-speaking cities occupy the top places on the list with 6 being part of the top 10 list. It includes Vienna toping up the list for a second year in a row, followed by the Swiss based city of Zurich and Geneva.  Other top players are located in Canada (Vancouver), Australia and New Zealand(Auckland).
Many of the list remained unchanged with Melbourne keeping its prestigious 3rd position, as for Copenhagen (11th) and Amsterdam (13th)  they remain the same.  This year’s new arrivals on the top 50 list included Canberra and Stuttgart.  As for the city of Ottawa and Hamburg they moved up the list.  The majority of the top 50 list was dominated by European cities, and only London made it from UK’s candidates (Birmingham 55th, Glasgow 57th).  The best from the US was Honolulu (31st) followed by San Francisco (32th).  The best from Asia is by far Singapore (28) followed by Tokyo at 40.

Top 10 Mercer’s City Ranking Tables

  1. Vienna, Austria (108.6)
  2. Zurich, Switzerland (108)
  3. Geneva, Switzerland (107.9)
  4. Vancouver, Canada (107.4)
  5. Auckland, New Zealand (107.4)
  6. Düsseldorf, Germany (107.2)
  7. Frankfurt, Germany (107)
  8. Munich, Germany (107)
  9. Bern, Switzerland (106.5)
  10. Sydney, Australia (106.3)

Mercer World’s Top Greenest cities

Alternatively to the mentioned list comes along the eco-friendly list (also from Mercer) based on such criteria as water availability and drinkability, waste removal, quality of sewage systems, air pollution and traffic congestion.  Four Canadian cities tops the list including Calgary as number one, Ottawa third and Montreal and Vancouver on equal 13th position.  Many of US cities also made it on the top 50 list, with Honolulu in second place followed by Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia, and St-Louis.
In Europe the Nordic European cities are the greenest, with Finland, Sweden and Denmark candidates on top positions. On the other side of the world, New Zealand cities are by far the favourites.   Only Japanese cities and Singapore make the list in Asia and only South Africa on the African continents.

The Economist’s World’s Best cities

World's best Cities 2010 Map

The Economist's World's best Cities 2010 Map

The second most known top city list is the Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability chart which also uses data from the Mercer consulting group. In their case the west coast Canadian city hits the top position, then followed by Vienna.  Other Canadian (Toronto, Calgary), Australian (Melbourne, Sydney), Austrian and New Zealand are also favourites mainly because of their reliable infrastructure and overall safety.  As for the United States, the city of Pittsburgh tops the charts.

Vancouver, Top Cities 2010

Vancouver, Top Cities 2010

Top 10 Economist’s World’s Most Liveable Cities 2010

  1. Vancouver, Canada (98.0)
  2. Vienna, Austria, (97.9)
  3. Melbourne, Australia (97.5)
  4. Toronto, Canada (97.2)
  5. Calgary,  Canada (96.6)
  6. Helsinki, Finland (96.2)
  7. Sydney, Australia (96.1)
  8. Perth, Australia (95.9)
  9. Adelaide, Australia (95.9)
  10. Auckland, New Zealand (95.7)

Monocle World’s Best cities

World's best Cities 2010 Map

Monocle World's best Cities 2010 Map

There is a third major player in the yearly top cities charts, the lifestyle magazine Monocle which  publishes its own raking since 2007.  It is an index of the top 25 cities based on quality of life.  It is  a non-scientific survey which such element as safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transportation, tolerance, environmental issues, access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro active policy developments and medical care all being considered.
On this ranking the German city of Munich gets the highest scores followed by Copenhagen and Zürich.  On their top 10 list only the cities of Tokyo and Melbourne are candidates outside Europe.

Top 10 Monocle’s Most Liveable Cities Index 2010

Stockholm, Top Cities 2010

Stockholm, Top Cities 2010

  1. Munich,  Germany
  2. Copenhagen,  Denmark
  3. Zürich,  Switzerland
  4. Tokyo,  Japan
  5. Helsinki,  Finland
  6. Stockholm,  Sweden
  7. Paris,  France
  8. Vienna,  Austria
  9. Melbourne,  Australia
  10. Madrid, Spain

Travel and leisure World’s Best cities

World's best Cities 2010 Map

Travel and leisure World's best Cities 2010 Map

Each year the Travel and leisure site compiles a chart of the World’s Best cities based on the votes from the readers.  The top position is obtained by Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, closely followed by Chiang Mai,  mainly because those cities still offers very good value for money. Other top position are taken by the less known city of San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca in the eastern and southern part of Mexico.  Once again those places offers good prices and overall good quality of life.

Bangkok, Top Cities 2010

Bangkok, Top Cities 2010

  1. Bangkok, Thailand
  2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  3. Florence, Italy
  4. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  5. Rome, Italy
  6. Sydney, Australia
  7. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  8. Oaxaca, Mexico
  9. Barcelona, Spain
  10. New York City, USA

Ask Men Top Cities To live in

World's best Cities 2010 Map

Ask Man World's best Cities 2010 Map

The highly popular men’s magazine has also been creating a world’s Best cities list since 2009.  It is however a bit different then the Mercer one.  In their case, the mission was to find out the best city to live based on a strictly men’s perspective.  They took into consideration factors such as dating and nightlife opportunities, work, and even the beach factors.  This list is somehow a bit controversial, as from the different comments that can be read on their site, not everyone agrees on the different cities and their respective places.

Top 10 Ask Men Best Cities To live in

New York, Top Cities 2010

New York, Top Cities 2010

  1. New York City, USA
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Tokyo,  Japan
  4. Madrid, Spain
  5. London, UK
  6. Cape Town, South Africa
  7. Miami, USA
  8. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  9. Sydney, Australia
  10. San Francisco, USA

World’s best cities 2010 maps

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World's best Cities 2010 Map

World's best Cities 2010 Map

World's best Cities 2010 Map

Mercer World's best Cities 2010 Map

World's best Cities 2010 Map

The Economist's World's best Cities 2010 Map

World's best Cities 2010 Map

Monocle World's best Cities 2010 Map

World's best Cities 2010 Map

Travel and leisure World's best Cities 2010 Map

World's best Cities 2010 Map

Ask Man World's best Cities 2010 Map

Mercer Quality of living Full list

  1. Vienna, Austria (108.6)
  2. Zurich, Switzerland, 108)
  3. Geneva, Switzerland (107.9)
  4. Vancouver, Canada (107.4)
  5. Auckland, New Zealand (107.4)
  6. Dusseldorf, Germany (107.2)
  7. Frankfurt, Germany (107)
  8. Munich, Germany (107)
  9. Bern, Switzerland (106.5)
  10. Sydney, Australia (106.3)
  11. Copenhagen, Denmark (106.2)
  12. Wellington, New Zealand (105.9)
  13. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 105.7)
  14. Ottawa, Canada (105.5)
  15. Brussels, Belgium (105.4)
  16. Toronto, Canada (105.3)
  17. Berlin, Germany (105)
  18. Melbourne, Australia (104.8)
  19. Luxembourg, Luxembourg (104.6)
  20. Stockholm, Sweden (104.5)
  21. Perth (Australia, 104.2)
  22. Montreal (Canada, 104.2)
  23. Hamburg, Germany (104.1)
  24. Nurnburg, Germany (103.9)
  25. Oslo, Norway (103.9)
  26. Canberra, Australia (103.6)
  27. Dublin, Ireland (103.6)
  28. Calgary, Canada (103.5)
  29. Singapore, Singapore (103.5)
  30. Stuttgart, Germany (103.3)
  31. Honolulu, United States (103.1)
  32. Adelaide, Australia (103)
  33. San Francisco, United States (103)
  34. Paris, France (102.9)
  35. Helsinki, Finland (102.6)
  36. Brisbane, Australia (102.4)
  37. Boston, United States (102.2)
  38. Lyon, France (101.9)
  39. London, United Kingdom (101.6)
  40. Tokyo, Japan (101.4)
  41. Milan, Italy (100.8)
  42. Kobe, Japan (100.8)
  43. Yokohama, Japan (100.8)
  44. Barcelona, Spain (100.6)
  45. Lisbon, Portugal (100.3)
  46. Chicago, United States (100.3)
  47. Washington, United States (100.3)
  48. Madrid, Spain (100.2)
  49. New York City, United States (100)
  50. Seattle, United States (99.8)