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100 Best places to live in the World

We ranked 9294 cities in 197 countries by quality & cost of living (13 factors assessed) to find the 100 best places in the world to live and work for singles and families.

7 indicators are country-specific:

  1. Human Freedom Index (The Cato Institute)
  2. Gross Domestic Product per capita (The World Bank)
  3. GDP per capita based on purchasing power parity (The World Bank)
  4. Life expectancy (The World Bank)
  5. Homicide rate (WHO, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime)
  6. Mortality caused by road traffic injury (The World Bank)
  7. Corruption Perceptions Index (transparency.org)

6 indicators are city-specific:

  1. Average salary (our data)
  2. Average salary divided by cost of living (our data)
  3. Cost of living (our data)
  4. Annual average air quality (iqair.com)
  5. Distance adjusted airports score (ourairports.com)
  6. Distance adjusted universities score (edurank.org)

The last point reflects observation that good cities tend to have good universities.

Best places to live in the world infographic

Best countries

RankCountryLiveability ScoreCost of living
1Switzerland
99
$2417
2United States
97
$1900
3Sweden
96
$1419
4Germany
96
$1335
5South Korea
95
$1104
6Finland
93
$1421
7Australia
93
$1845
8Japan
93
$1403
9Canada
93
$1554
10Denmark
93
$1753
11United Kingdom
93
$1743
12Austria
89
$1485
13China
89
$693
14Norway
89
$1922
15New Zealand
88
$1617
16Singapore
88
$2124
17Netherlands
87
$1675
18France
86
$1407
19Belgium
84
$1436
20Ireland
84
$1999
21Spain
82
$1215
22Italy
82
$1295
23Qatar
81
$1801
24Taiwan
81
$970
25Estonia
80
$961
26United Arab Emirates
80
$1600
27Slovakia
78
$950
28Czech Republic
78
$915
29Poland
76
$781
30Slovenia
76
$1069
31Israel
76
$1625
32Cyprus
75
$1188
33Luxembourg
73
$2119
34Oman
72
$1006
35Portugal
71
$967
36Croatia
70
$942
37Saudi Arabia
70
$908
38Lithuania
70
$839
39Hungary
68
$756
40Latvia
68
$879
41Iceland
68
$1928
42Romania
66
$617
43Greece
66
$947
44Malaysia
65
$617
45Bulgaria
64
$627
46Chile
63
$866
47Uruguay
63
$846
48Kuwait
63
$1237
49Russia
60
$635
50Turkey
60
$461
51Thailand
59
$882
52Argentina
59
$453
53Cuba
59
$668
54Bahamas
58
$1747
55Panama
58
$1107
56Serbia
57
$673
57Albania
56
$562
58Ecuador
56
$787
59Belarus
55
$510
60Botswana
55
$608
61Kazakhstan
55
$470
62Mexico
55
$576
63Costa Rica
55
$874
64Brazil
54
$531
65North Macedonia
54
$530
66South Africa
54
$817
67India
53
$413
68Lebanon
53
$1146
69Jordan
52
$916
70Bosnia and Herzegovina
52
$556
71Bahrain
52
$1187
72Liechtenstein
52
$2245
73Georgia
51
$540
74Montenegro
50
$695
75Tunisia
50
$416
76Brunei
50
$1075
77Bolivia
50
$779
78Peru
49
$712
79Malta
49
$1435
80Monaco
49
$3685
81Namibia
49
$725
82Morocco
49
$607
83Armenia
48
$578
84Palestine
47
$867
85Vietnam
47
$640
86Curacao
47
$1202
87Cayman Islands
47
$2476
88Vatican City
47
$883
89Ukraine
47
$502
90Guatemala
46
$796
91Mauritius
46
$666
92Philippines
46
$603
93Zambia
46
$581
94Azerbaijan
45
$544
95Dominican Republic
45
$679
96Iran
45
$535
97San Marino
45
$1168
98Jamaica
45
$835
99Indonesia
45
$563
100Sri Lanka
44
$445
101Andorra
44
$1165
102Trinidad and Tobago
44
$1001
103Algeria
44
$427
104Colombia
43
$578
105Moldova
41
$546
106Libya
41
$962
107Mongolia
41
$604
108Egypt
40
$543
109Cambodia
39
$731
110Papua New Guinea
38
$515
111Paraguay
38
$565
112Angola
38
$992
113Barbados
38
$1230
114Sierra Leone
38
$744
115Ghana
37
$704
116Nicaragua
36
$629
117Kenya
36
$727
118Senegal
35
$978
119Tanzania
35
$777
120Suriname
35
$702
121Rwanda
35
$665
122Seychelles
35
$1384
123Fiji
34
$884
124Bangladesh
34
$463
125Nepal
34
$427
126Kyrgyzstan
34
$430
127El Salvador
33
$800
128Iraq
33
$778
129Uzbekistan
33
$434
130Honduras
33
$805
131Pakistan
31
$374
132Guinea-Bissau
31
$423
133Maldives
30
$1429
134Saint Lucia
28
$1112
135Grenada
27
$1114
136Antigua and Barbuda
27
$1464
137Saint Kitts and Nevis
27
$1119
138Malawi
26
$742
139Saint Vincent
26
$771
140Zimbabwe
26
$986
141Guinea
26
$708
142Gabon
25
$561
143Congo
25
$550
144Palau
24
$1038
145Venezuela
24
$489
146Turkmenistan
24
$1057
147Dominica
24
$825
148Belize
24
$892
149Ethiopia
24
$669
150Mozambique
23
$888
151Nauru
22
$662
152East Timor
22
$506
153Cape Verde
22
$722
154Syria
22
$368
155Benin
22
$650
156Madagascar
22
$533
157Guyana
22
$791
158Vanuatu
21
$1490
159Liberia
21
$530
160Mali
21
$543
161Haiti
21
$515
162Bhutan
21
$551
163Laos
21
$985
164Sudan
20
$710
165Samoa
19
$1069
166Nigeria
19
$807
167Equatorial Guinea
19
$1185
168Myanmar
19
$805
169Solomon Islands
19
$1187
170Tonga
19
$899
171Mauritania
18
$742
172Cameroon
18
$642
173DR Congo
18
$726
174Djibouti
18
$527
175Tuvalu
17
$586
176Burkina Faso
17
$808
177Comoros
17
$568
178Marshall Islands
17
$1422
179Tajikistan
16
$413
180Uganda
16
$611
181Eswatini
16
$476
182Chad
15
$527
183Niger
15
$925
184Yemen
14
$546
185Eritrea
14
$525
186Kiribati
14
$497
187Togo
13
$631
188North Korea
13
$1572
189Somalia
12
$766
190Ivory Coast
12
$1015
191Afghanistan
11
$375
192South Sudan
10
$506
193Lesotho
10
$673
194Burundi
9
$583
195Gambia
8
$536
196Sao Tome and Principe
7
$860
197Central African Republic
2
$736

100 Best cities to live in the World