Every year, travelers anticipate the release of Mercer’s Quality of Living Study, an annual survey by the global HR company that ranks 100 cities as the most livable places in the world — and serves as a reliable guide for aspiring expatriates.
Mercer evaluates cities on a number of factors, including recreation, economic environment, public transportation services, socio-cultural environment, consumer goods availability and safety.
Europe usually dominates the list and 2019 is no exception, with Vienna securing the top place once again. An impressive dozen other European cities sit happily in the Top 20, namely Zurich, Munich and Dusseldorf.
For those Americans who find packing up their bags and moving to Europe a bit impractical, fret not — 17 U.S. cities nabbed spots on the comprehensive list as well. Although, moving across our northern border might not be a bad idea to consider — Canada has the top five safest cities in North America.
America’s honorees include major coastal hubs like San Francisco and New York City, as well as interior metropolises like St. Louis and Minneapolis. Read on for our take on the most livable cities in the U.S.
Bonus: What makes these metropolises so enticing to live in also makes them excellent spots to visit.