After a year stuck in one place, people all over the world are looking to change their life situation. For some people, that means swapping the city for the suburbs, getting closer to family, or just getting bigger. Others, however, are looking to make bigger changes, like moving abroad. No matter which camp you find yourself on, it is not a decision that should be taken lightly. This is where research comes in. Fortunately, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has done the hard job of compiling a list of the nicest cities in the world.
The EIU examined 140 cities and analyzed more than 30 factors in five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
The list is compiled every year, but given that the data for this survey was collected from February 22 to March 21, 2021, this year looks markedly different from previous years, giving us a good idea of ââhow the pandemic of COVID-19 has affected the quality of life around the world.
This year Auckland, New Zealand took first place, the last time it came to number 8 in 2017. Meanwhile, Vienna, Austria, which has won two years in a row from 2018, didn’t even reach the top 10.
While Australia may not have reached the top spot, it has won more top 10 spots than any other country on the list. Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, and Brisbane were all on EIU’s list, suggesting the land below is a pretty nice place to live right now. New Zealand, Japan and Switzerland are tied with two cities each in the top 10.
Check out the full list below:
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Osaka, Japan
- Adelaide, Australia
- Wellington, New Zealand
- Tokyo, Japan
- Perth, Australia
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Geneva, Switzerland
- Melbourne, Australia
- Brisbane, Australia
The pandemic played a major role in the ranking, according to EIU research. According to the results, the overall average habitability score fell seven points from pre-pandemic rankings. Six of the top 10 countries on the EIU list reacted quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic, closed borders and put containment measures in place. As a result, citizens were able to return to normalcy relatively quickly and safely. Countries that weren’t as quick or efficient in responding, like the United States and Europe, fell in the rankings.
The blocks also had a huge effect on the standings. Auckland closed its borders early and was able to keep public places like restaurants, theaters and more open throughout the pandemic. Schools also did not have to close, which led to a 100% education score for the country in EIU research. Wellington benefited from those same factors, dropping from No.15 on the list in previous years to No.4 this year.
If you’re already crunching the numbers and stressing the cost of living in one of these cities, check out this list of the most affordable places to live by the sea. If you’re not quite ready to cross the road. pond, here is a list of the happiest cities in America.