The city’s crime problems keep it from reaching the top 50, however.
Mercer conducts its Quality of Living survey annually to help multinational companies and other employers compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.
Employee incentives include a quality-of-living allowance and a mobility premium.
Mercer’s Quality of Living Reports provide valuable information and hardship premium recommendations for over 440 cities throughout the world, the ranking covers 230 of these cities.
Factors they consider when doing the survey, include:
– Political and social environment
– Economic environment
– Socio-cultural environment
– Medical and health considerations
– School and education
– Public services and transportation
– Consumer goods
– Natural environment
Europe dominates the top rankings, along with Australia and New Zealand.
The top 5 cities are:
1. Vienna, Austria
2. Zurich, Switzerland
3. Auckland, New Zealand
4. Munich, Germany
5. Vancouver, Canada