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Wed Jul 11, 2012, 07:11 AM

2011 QUALITY OF LIVING WORLDWIDE CITY RANKINGS

Mercer hardship allowance recommendations
Mercer evaluates local living conditions in all the 420 cities it surveys worldwide. Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories:

1) Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc)
2) Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services, etc)
3) Socio-cultural environment (censorship, limitations on personal freedom, etc)
4) Health and sanitation (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc)
5) Schools and education (standard and availability of international schools, etc)
6) Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transport, traffic congestion, etc)
7) Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc)
8) Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc)
9) Housing (housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services, etc)
10) Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)


City Rankings

Mercer Quality of Living Survey - Worldwide Rankings, 2011
Rank City Country
1 Vienna Austria
2 Zurich Switzerland
3 Auckland New Zealand
4
Munich
Germany
5
Düsseldorf
Germany
5
Vancouver
Canada
7 Frankfurt Germany
8 Geneva Switzerland
9 Bern Switzerland
9 Copenhagen Denmark
11 Sydney Australia
12 Amsterdam Netherlands
13 Wellington New Zealand
14 Ottawa Canada
15 Toronto Canada
16 Hamburg Germany
17 Berlin Germany
18 Melbourne Australia
19 Luxembourg Luxembourg
20 Stockholm Sweden
21 Perth Australia
22 Brussels Belgium
22 Montreal Canada
24 Nurnberg Germany
25 Singapore Singapore
26 Canberra Australia
26 Dublin Ireland
28 Stuttgart Germany
29 Honolulu, HI United States
30 Adelaide Australia

Personal Safety Ranking,

Rank City Country
1 Luxembourg Luxembourg
2 Bern Switzerland
2 Helsinki Finland
2 Zurich Switzerland
5 Vienna Austria
6 Geneva Switzerland
6 Stockholm Sweden
8 Singapore Singapore
9 Auckland New Zealand
9 Wellington New Zealand
11 Copenhagen Denmark
11 Düsseldorf Germany
11 Frankfurt Germany
11 Munich Germany
11 Nurnberg Germany
16 Dublin Ireland
17 Amsterdam Netherlands
17 Calgary Canada
17 Montreal Canada
17 Ottawa Canada
17 Toronto Canada
17 Vancouver Canada
23 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
24 Oslo Norway
25 Canberra Australia
25 Melbourne Australia
25 Perth Australia
25 Sydney Australia
29 Muscat Oman
30 Ljubljana Slovenia
31 Kobe Japan
31 Nagoya Japan

http://www.mercer.com/qualityoflivingpr#city-rankings

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Reply 2011 QUALITY OF LIVING WORLDWIDE CITY RANKINGS (Original post)
Ichingcarpenter Jul 2012 OP
Warren Stupidity Jul 2012 #1
zeemike Jul 2012 #8
Carolina Jul 2012 #2
BeyondGeography Jul 2012 #3
KurtNYC Jul 2012 #4
onehandle Jul 2012 #5
Shadowflash Jul 2012 #10
pampango Jul 2012 #14
chervilant Jul 2012 #16
Spazito Jul 2012 #24
neeksgeek Jul 2012 #19
a la izquierda Jul 2012 #6
Ichingcarpenter Jul 2012 #7
a la izquierda Jul 2012 #23
slackmaster Jul 2012 #9
Doctor_J Jul 2012 #11
Diclotican Jul 2012 #15
MadHound Jul 2012 #12
DCKit Jul 2012 #29
Reynalda Loftus Jul 2012 #13
Mira Jul 2012 #17
12AngryBorneoWildmen Jul 2012 #18
LittleGirl Jul 2012 #20
tk2kewl Jul 2012 #21
denvine Jul 2012 #22
GeorgeGist Jul 2012 #25
Brigid Jul 2012 #26
patrice Jul 2012 #27
SDjack Jul 2012 #28
moondust Jul 2012 #30

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 07:48 AM

1. Gee what a shock, we suck.

 

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 08:51 AM

8. Woo Hoo...we are #1

At sucking...

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 07:54 AM

2. WOW!

So much for the "we are the greatest" crowd.

Seems the US is a "has been, once was" in everything that matters to people, but #1 in death, destruction and war.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 07:54 AM

3. But at least I know I'm free

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 08:09 AM

4. Romney's hidden money is enjoying high quality of life

and it's very safe.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 08:10 AM

5. We don't have a single city on the personal safety list? But we have so many guns. nt

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Response to onehandle (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 08:56 AM

10. Ha ha! Go figure.

I'm sure someone will come up with some excuse.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 09:17 AM

14. I don't own a gun, but I think Canada has more guns per capita than we have. n/t

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Response to pampango (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 09:39 AM

16. Nope...

not even close.

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Response to pampango (Reply #14)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 01:46 PM

24. Nope, not even close...

From 2007:

Number of guns per 100 residents in Canada....30.8 Ranking...13

Number of guns per 100 residents in the U.S....88.8 Ranking....1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_of_guns_per_capita_by_country

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Response to onehandle (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 09:46 AM

19. At least all those gun owners FEEL safe!

Or do they?

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 08:11 AM

6. Happy to say I will get to visit...

several on the list next summer, during my first ever trip to Europe! Yippee! I can show this list to my mother and assure her I'll be fine doing this trip by myself (I'm 35 and lived in Mexico, but she's afraid of me going to Europe alone).

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 08:22 AM

7. Watch for professional pick pockets doing a bump and stall

with a companion..

other than that its extremely safe.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 01:39 PM

23. Thanks!

I've been groped on the metro in Mexico City, so I'm pretty good with my immediate bodily surroundings But I know when I'm in certain places I'll have to be more vigilant.
Thanks for the tip.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 08:56 AM

9. Once again cities with the highest per-capita wealth dominate both lists, as they do every year

 

What a coincidence!

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 09:03 AM

11. Here's one weird thing

 

the gun culture keeps telling us how we're "safer than we've ever been", yet no US cities are seen among the top in personal safety. Even Slovenia is safer than any american city.

I say we export our SYG laws to the world, get them to our level of "freedom"

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 09:39 AM

15. Doctor_J

Doctor_J

No thank you - we do not need any "Stand your grand" laws in our corner of the world thank you... It is silly enough as i is, being in the US - to export it would make travesty to everything law bidding in our world... It exist other things in the US to export - like say Bieber and CO (even though he is a canadian by birth) or so one...

Diclotican

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 09:05 AM

12. And they are all still cities,

 

Thanks, but no thanks. I'll be staying out here in the country, with the silence, the clean air, and all the wild animals.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #12)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:24 AM

29. But you could ate by bears, or raped by the hillybillies!

 

Or vice-versa.

Seriously, I was out in the Alleghenies in Western VA a couple of weeks ago, and the S.O. noticed one of the old apple trees shaking without any wind.

After watching in amusement for a few, we realized that something big was crawling around in there, and a couple of hand-claps later, a young bear (maybe 120#) came sliding down the trunk and ran off into the woods. It was a hoot.

While I know many of the natives, I've yet to meet anyone from "Deliverance", but let's not tell anyone.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 09:11 AM

13. Spam deleted by Violet_Crumble (MIR Team)

 

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 09:39 AM

17. This reminds me of a sad moment I experienced

when a 50 year old American woman stood in front of a world map that is taped to my kitchen door. She asked me to show her AMERICA. I did.
She looked at me, then at the map, back at me and asked "When did we get so small? Was it always like this? I thought we were number One."

I mentally picked myself off the floor hoping she could not see my distress, and told her in the simplest words possible that the size has always been the same, that we have not been number one in much of anything in a long time, and to get there again, she needs to vote for all Democrats at all time. That they were the ones that had brought us any of the things that have made life better for the people.
Since she respects me, I think I helped a bit, and I always call her now and make sure she goes and votes.

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Response to Mira (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 09:46 AM

18. Sweet

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 09:48 AM

20. thanks for the link

I lived in Europe and agree with their ratings.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 10:02 AM

21. Not One US City in the top 50 for Personal Safety

 

maybe we need more concealed weapons

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 10:22 AM

22. Congratultions NRA, congratulations Wall St. and most of all congratulations Republicans

You have succeeded in lowering our expectations, beating us into submission and turning a large part of the country into moronic followers. But, hopefully one day, there will be a change in attitude, or maybe a revolution of sorts. We will once again start taking care of each other, making decisions on what is best for the country as opposed as to what is better for me. Hopefully, we will once again start thinking about long term investment for the future as opposed to immediate gratification. Until that happens, if we let the corporations, NRA, Wall St. and the Republicans continue to rule the roost, we will have to settle for our continuing degradation.
We have to re-elect President Obama and get more democrats in office. They may not be perfect, but they are definitely better than the alternative.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 06:42 PM

25. The shining city isn't even on a hill.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 06:52 PM

26. What? Mogadishu isn't on the list anywhere?

Amazing.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 06:57 PM

27. Germany rocks!

The land of my ancestors. I hope to visit again sometime maybe . . . if the dollar ever recovers.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Wed Jul 11, 2012, 07:28 PM

28. This is a real kick in the groin. And, we have the worst healthcare system of

all western industrialized countries.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Thu Jul 12, 2012, 12:40 AM

30. Europe is so much more mature than the U.S.

They've been through a lot of Hell along the way but apparently learned the hard lessons well.

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