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The World’s Best Places To Live 2009

The World’s Best Places To Live
Each year, Mercer Consulting assembles its ranking of 215 cities worldwide, based on a quality of living point-scoring index that uses New York City as a base comparison.The rankings take into consideration 10 key categories and 39 separate criteria, ranging from the political environment and health considerations to recreation and consumer goods; statistics which are collected via Mercer’s Worldwide Quality of Living Survey. Because quality of living can be rather subjective, Mercer has defined
Sources: Mercer Quality of Living Survey, CIA World Factbook.Photo: Kyle Pearce

Each year, Mercer Consulting assembles its ranking of 215 cities worldwide, based on a quality of living point-scoring index that uses New York City as a base comparison.

The rankings take into consideration 10 key categories and 39 separate criteria, ranging from the political environment and health considerations to recreation and consumer goods; statistics which are collected via Mercer’s Worldwide Quality of Living Survey. Because quality of living can be rather subjective, Mercer has defined it as “aspects everyone would probably agree on as being important for having good quality of living standards” from which many of these individual criteria are derived.

From Mercer’s results last year, the most dramatic changes are occurring at the top, with four of the top five cities shifting ranks, but the rest of the top 15 remaining the same. Out of US cities, the only ones breaking into the top 30 worldwide are Honolulu (29) and San Francisco (30). From Asia, only Singapore (26) breaks the top 30.

So, where are the World’s best cities to live? Click ahead to find out!

By Paul Toscano
Posted 5 May 2009

15. Toronto, Canada
2008 Rank: 15Population of City: 2,503,300Population of Country: 33,487,200GDP Per Capita: $39,300 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 81.23 years
Photo: SanGatiche

2008 Rank: 15
Population of City: 2,503,300
Population of Country: 33,487,200
GDP Per Capita: $39,300 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 81.23 years

14. Brussels, Belgium
2008 Rank: 14Population of City: 1,080,800Population of Country: 10,414,300GDP Per Capita: $37,500 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 79.22 years
Photo: Kevin Gibbons

2008 Rank: 14
Population of City: 1,080,800
Population of Country: 10,414,300
GDP Per Capita: $37,500 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 79.22 years

13. Amsterdam, Netherlands
2008 Rank: 13Population of City: 758,200Population of Country: 16,716,000GDP Per Capita: $40,300 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 79.4 years
Photo: Lyn Gateley

2008 Rank: 13
Population of City: 758,200
Population of Country: 16,716,000
GDP Per Capita: $40,300 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 79.4 years

12. Wellington, New Zealand
2008 Rank: 12Population of City: 381,900Population of Country: 4,213,400GDP Per Capita: $27,900 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 80.36 years
Photo: Brett Taylor

2008 Rank: 12
Population of City: 381,900
Population of Country: 4,213,400
GDP Per Capita: $27,900 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 80.36 years

11. Copenhagen, Denmark
2008 Rank: 11Population of City: 518,500Population of Country: 5,500,510GDP Per Capita: $37,400 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 78.3 years
Photo: jimg944

2008 Rank: 11
Population of City: 518,500
Population of Country: 5,500,510
GDP Per Capita: $37,400 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 78.3 years

10. Sydney, Australia
2008 Rank: 10Population of City: 4,336,300Population of Country: 21,262,600GDP Per Capita: $38,100 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 81.63 years
Photo: Corey Leopold

2008 Rank: 10
Population of City: 4,336,300
Population of Country: 21,262,600
GDP Per Capita: $38,100 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 81.63 years

9. Bern, Switzerland
2008 Rank: 9Population of City: 128,000Population of Country: 7,604,400GDP Per Capita: $40,900 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 80.85 years
Photo: Gaetan Lee

2008 Rank: 9
Population of City: 128,000
Population of Country: 7,604,400
GDP Per Capita: $40,900 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 80.85 years

8. Frankfurt, Germany
2008 Rank: 7Population of City: 670,000Population of Country: 82,329,000GDP Per Capita: $34,800 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 79.26 years
Photo: Alexander Johmann

2008 Rank: 7
Population of City: 670,000
Population of Country: 82,329,000
GDP Per Capita: $34,800 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 79.26 years

7. Munich, Germany
2008 Rank: 7Population of City: 1,356,500Population of Country: 82,329,000GDP Per Capita: $34,800 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 79.26 years
Photo: Allie_Caulfield

2008 Rank: 7
Population of City: 1,356,500
Population of Country: 82,329,000
GDP Per Capita: $34,800 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 79.26 years

6. Dusseldorf, Germany
2008 Rank: 6Population of City: 581,000Population of Country: 82,329,000GDP Per Capita: $34,800 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 79.26 years
Photo: Dirk Hartung

2008 Rank: 6
Population of City: 581,000
Population of Country: 82,329,000
GDP Per Capita: $34,800 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 79.26 years

T-4. Auckland, New Zealand
2008 Rank: 5Population of City: 1,313,200Population of Country: 4,213,400GDP Per Capita: $27,900 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 80.36 years
Photo: Michael Zimme

2008 Rank: 5
Population of City: 1,313,200
Population of Country: 4,213,400
GDP Per Capita: $27,900 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 80.36 years

T-4. Vancouver, Canada
2008 Rank: 4Population of City: 578,000Population of Country: 33,487,200GDP Per Capita: $39,300 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 81.23 years
Photo: Hisakazu Watanabe

2008 Rank: 4
Population of City: 578,000
Population of Country: 33,487,200
GDP Per Capita: $39,300 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 81.23 years

3. Geneva, Switzerland
2008 Rank: 2Population of City: 185,700Population of Country: 7,604,400GDP Per Capita: $40,900 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 80.85 years
Photo: Juan Manuel Caicedo Carvajal

2008 Rank: 2
Population of City: 185,700
Population of Country: 7,604,400
GDP Per Capita: $40,900 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 80.85 years

2. Zurich, Switzerland
2008 Rank: 1Population of City: 376,800Population of Country: 7,604,400GDP Per Capita: $40,900 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 80.85 years
Photo: Toni V

2008 Rank: 1
Population of City: 376,800
Population of Country: 7,604,400
GDP Per Capita: $40,900 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 80.85 years

1. Vienna, Austria
2008 Rank: 2Population of City: 1,680,200Population of Country: 8,210,200GDP Per Capita: $39,200 (2008 est.)Average Life Expectancy: 79.5 years
Photo: Paul Buran

2008 Rank: 2
Population of City: 1,680,200
Population of Country: 8,210,200
GDP Per Capita: $39,200 (2008 est.)
Average Life Expectancy: 79.5 years