REPOST: The 26 major cities with the highest quality of life in the world

Planning to relocate to another city and live there for good? Here is a list by the Deutsche Bank—as compiled by The Independent—that ranks major cities based on eight livability indexes: purchasing power, safety, health care, cost of living, property price to income ratio, traffic commute time, pollution, and climate:

 

This week Deutsche Bank released its annual “Mapping the world’s prices” report, cataloguing the cost of goods and services in a cross section of the world’s biggest and most powerful cities around the world.

 

In 2017, for the first time, Deutsche Bank has included a ranking of the quality of life in 47 cities around the world. The ranking is based on eight sub-indexes compiled by crowd-sourced information database Numbeo, which create a broad picture of what it is like to live in different cities.

 

The indexes are: Purchasing Power, Safety, Health Care, Cost of Living, Property Price to Income Ratio, Traffic Commute Time, Pollution, and Climate.

 

Broadly speaking, the cities that rank highly are in the northern hemisphere in developed western economies, although several cities from nations like South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand make the list, with one even at the very top.

 

Check it out below:

 

26.  Oslo, Norway — Norway’s capital makes this list thanks to strong scores in the pollution category, where it was 10th overall, and purchasing power, where it was 15th.

 

25.  Johannesburg, South Africa — Finishing top of the property price to income ratio ranking helped push the South African city to a relatively high position on DB’s list.

 

Inner-city Johannesburg, South Africa (AFP/Getty Images)

 

24.  Brussels, Belgium — Belgian capital and seat of the European Union, Brussels was fifth best for health care, and seventh overall for both property price/income ratio and traffic commute time.

 

23.  Warsaw, Poland — Breaking the top 10 in two categories — eighth in safety, sixth in cost of living — helped Warsaw to a high position in the overall quality of life ranking.

 

by Megan Townsend

 

22.  Chicago, USA — Often overlooked for coastal powerhouses like New York and Los Angeles, Chicago has the third best quality of life of any US city, according to Deutsche Bank’s ranking. It scored particularly high in property price to income ratio, finishing second.

 

21.  Dublin, Ireland — Dublin failed to excel in any single category, but scored well across the board, with its highest individual ranking being 10th in property price to income ratio.

 

See the full list HERE.