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What is The Best City To Live In?

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It’s not uncommon nowadays for people to choose to work away from their hometowns and relocate to different cities or even countries. Economic migration has led to cultural diversity and cities are becoming increasingly cosmopolitan. However, each city has its own style with some offering a much higher quality of life than others.

Mercer – a leading global provider of consulting, outsourcing and investment services has produced a Quality of Living index list by comparing cities. So if you are thinking about relocating, this could make for interesting reading…

Mercer has used a wide variety of criteria to rank the cities around the world – so if you’re interested in social and economical environments, as well as educational facilities, health and sanitation and leisure facilities including restaurants and entertainment, the index will give you vital information on everything that is important to you.

You will also be given important information on housing availability, typical climate and records on how many natural disasters have taken place.

In terms of quality of living, the index’s top ranking cities included Austria, Switzerland, Canada and New Zealand, with London – the only UK city to be mentioned in the top 50 – appearing at position 39. Other UK cities outside of the top 50 include Aberdeen, Birmingham, Glasgow and Belfast.

If you’re thinking about relocating to one of the cleanest cities in the world, you may be interested to learn that Calgary, Honolulu, Ottowa, Helsinki and Wellington held the top five spots. These cities boasted the cleanest water and air with low traffic congestion and best quality sewage systems. The highest ranked British city was Aberdeen in 19th position, with Belfast and Glasgow the only others in the top 50, ranked at 30th and 47th.

In fact, the UK is rarely ranked highly in quality of living surveys, as UK workers have a week less holiday than the European average and three weeks less than the Spanish. This could explain why life expectancy is lower in the UK compared to those residing in France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Italy.

The UK’s spend on health and education is also below the European average and UK food and diesel prices are the highest in Europe. Unleaded petrol, electricity, alcohol and cigarettes all cost more than the average across the continent.

So if you are interested in moving abroad, make sure you research the best places to live based on what you value most.

Chris Turner writes for leading debt specialists Baines & Ernst. If you’re interested in avoiding Bankruptcy by consolidating debt repayments, speak to Baines & Ernst.

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