published: 2019’s most desirable and worst cities to reside in

A tourists enjoys a sunny day on mount Kahlenberg in Vienna, Austria March 12, 2019. Picture taken March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger © Reuters A tourists enjoys a sunny day on mount Kahlenberg in Vienna, Austria March 12, 2019. graphic taken March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger thinking of migrating to a extra agreeable locale? Then possibly you'll want to trust relocating to Vienna, which has been named the ultimate metropolis to are living in for the tenth year in a row.

Famed for its packed cultural calendar, espresso properties and imperial structure, the Austrian capital scooped proper honours in Mercer's latest quality of living survey.

The annual index compares 231 cities around the world, ranking them on factors reminiscent of crime, education, healthcare, public capabilities, endeavor, housing and private freedom.

Photo taken in Vienna, Austria © Getty photo taken in Vienna, Austria Vienna beat Zurich in Switzerland to claim desirable spot within the survey, which saw Auckland, Munich and Vancouver tied in third. The maximum ranked city in the UK became London, which came in a lowly 41, forward of Edinburgh (45), Glasgow (forty eight) and Birmingham (forty nine).

Mercer's Kate Fitzpatrick said London's high crime cost and poor air quality left the English capital lagging behind European competitors comparable to Frankfurt (7), Amsterdam (eleven) and Dublin (33).

"London remains the metropolis with the very best quality of residing within the UK and the favored centre for foreign business," she referred to. "although, it is still held again by means of perennial problems with traffic and air pollutants, and having the lowest ratings in the UK for defense owing to its crime ranges."

© Getty The 5 optimum ranking North American cities had been all Canadian – Vancouver (three), Toronto (sixteen), Ottawa (19), Montreal (21) and Calgary (32) – whereas the top-quality performing US metropolis changed into San Francisco (34). Asia's exact ranked destination become Singapore (25).    

at the other end of the desk became the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, which, despite huge advances in safety and healthcare, remained rock backside, lagging behind Bangui in the crucial African Republic and Sana'a in struggle-torn Yemen.  

Switzerland and Germany every had three cities in the good ten: Zurich (2), Geneva (9) and Basel (10); and Munich (3), Dusseldorf (6) and Frankfurt (7) respectively.

Beautiful river Limmat and city center of Zurich, Switzerland © Getty fascinating river Limmat and metropolis middle of Zurich, Switzerland For the first time this yr, Mercer offered a separate ranking for private defense, following evaluation of crime levels, legislations enforcement, personal freedom and freedom of the press.

Luxembourg got here out on top adopted by means of Basel, Bern, Helsinki and Zurich, which were joint 2nd. London ranked 64, simply behind Nassau in the Bahamas. And the most unhealthy metropolis? Damascus in Syria.

With Brexit uncertainties lingering, Mercer claimed it become essential UK and Irish cities maintained a top quality of existence to raise their overseas attraction.

Cityscape sea view of the modern white Samuel Beckett harp bridge in Dublin in the foreground and office buildings in the background. © Getty Cityscape sea view of the up to date white Samuel Beckett harp bridge in Dublin within the foreground and office structures in the background. "With the competencies outcomes of Brexit continuing to evolve, it has never been greater crucial for British and Irish cities to contemplate what they could do to proceed to stay fascinating areas for multinational companies," referred to Fitzpatrick.

"nice of residing will depend on many factors, from entry to public transport and traffic congestion stages, to the availability of housing and overseas schools, to a metropolis's cultural scene. British and Irish cities and municipalities must work complicated to be sure they remain aggressive internationally, and preserve tempo with trade."

Mercer, a new York-based mostly human components consulting company, isn't the most effective agency to produce an annual "liveability" survey. The Economist Intelligence Unit does likewise and additionally quotes Vienna as #1, ahead of Melbourne and Osaka.

Gallery: the world's highest quality and worst cities to live in 2018 (Lovemoney)