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Top 10 Cities in the World?

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  1. Phoenix

    Phoenix Well-Known Member

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    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/the-top-10-cities-in-the-world-8788218.html


    Melbourne has topped the list of the best cities in the world to live in, according to a new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

    Vienna in Austria and Vancouver in Canada came in second and third place respectively on the Global Liveability Ranking.

    Cities across the world are awarded scores depending on lifestyle challenges faced by the people living there. Each city is scored on its stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

    This is the third time that the Australian city has topped the list. Unfortunately, UK cities fared worse on the list with London coming 55 out of 140 cities while Manchester was ranked 51.

    The report also shows that livability across the world has fallen by 0.6 per cent and that Damascus in Syria has seen the biggest decline in living standards over the last five years.


    1. Melbourne
    2. Vienna
    3. Vancouver
    4. Toronto
    5. Calgary
    6. Adelaide
    7. Sydney
    8. Helsinki
    9. Perth
    10. Auckland


    ...wow, I don't know that I agree with that list at all. In fact, I KNOW I don't agree with that list at all.

    Thought it would be good for a laugh though. Obviously some ultra-strong bias in these rankings...
  2. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    I agree that the cities in Australia are very livable.

    On average, the weather is great in most of those cities.

    Visually, the cities are beautiful.

    Unlike many cities in the Europe and the USA, they have the immigration issues fairly under control....so no huge vacuum sucking the economy going down a black hole. A large middle class.

    So, they have very low debt per capita and revinvest in the infrastructure.

    Early education is so-so and can be expensive, but college is very inexpensive compared to other places.

    I'd be happy living in any of those 4 cities.
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  3. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    Paris and NYC not in top 10? Heck, I would rank San Francisco high as well.
  4. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    NYC is one of the worst places on earth. Ugh.
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  5. CashMan

    CashMan Well-Known Member

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    Do not quote me in this, but I wanna say they do something different with their mortgages. It is something like a savings account, where your entire check goes into the mortgage/account, and you can withdraw from it. It allows for faster repayment of the mortgage.(In Australia)
  6. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    Maybe so, but also one of the best. I don't think I could ever live there but love to visit with so much to see and do.

    The criteria for this list are:

    Cities across the world are awarded scores depending on lifestyle challenges faced by the people living there. Each city is scored on its stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

    NYC is up there in regards to the above. Maybe my Mets bias is taking over, I don't know, heh.

    One city that I failed to mention.....Prague. Went there years ago and it absolutely my favorite place in Europe.
  7. hipfake08

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    No Metro Plex...

    We have Jerryville here.....
  8. Keifer

    Keifer Active Member

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    One category they forgot to factor in is things that will sting, bite or eat you. That would knock any Australian city out of the top 100
  9. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    The problem I have with lists like this in general is that things like "culture and environment" are completely subjective. I think the whole fast paced, do everything all the time culture in NYC is dumb, and I think the fact that it smells like urine half the time makes the environment awful. Ive had fun on trips to NYC, sure, but I still hate it lol
  10. jterrell

    jterrell Penguinite

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    It's not worse than Paris. My company is based globally out of Paris....
  11. chip_gilkey

    chip_gilkey Active Member

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    I think a lot of the Canadian cities got a big boast because they look at healthcare as one of the criterion.
  12. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Yet for anything serious, they come to the US for their care.
    But yeah, in a broadbrush sort of way, it is better. If you don't get real sick, it's low cost and a good deal.

    Otherwise, they do have some nice cities. Vancouver is pretty awesome.
  13. CowboyFan74

    CowboyFan74 Cowboys Analyst

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    Boulder, CO has fallen off the list I see.. And why isn't Mayberry on this list? Fail
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  14. BoysFan4ever

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    Australia is great & the people are very nice.

    I love Paris. It's beautiful but it is so expensive.

    Not a fan of NYC.
  15. khiladi

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    Just visited Vancouver.. Absolutely beautiful if nature and outdoors is your thing. Whistler is amazing. I got lucky, sun all day, but I heard cloudy is the norm. But prices are ridiculous in Canada, because of taxation. I don't know how it survives and Canada is not business friendly. Real Estate is very costly, ugly houses going to what is equivalent to 1 million US dollars twenty minues from downtown. But there are some absolutel beautiful housing developments the farther out one goes, especially East Vancouver with housing developments built on huge, green mountains.

    I have a feeling how they weigh things is not really sound. While many have access to Canadian health-care, coverage depends on wealth. The richer you are, the more you have to pay. Plus, one has to wait a long time to get seen.
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  16. CanadianCowboysFan

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    Paris is one of the coolest cities on the entire planet. Best culture on the planet, the museums, monuments, art etc
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  17. CanadianCowboysFan

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    We have had a good summer sun wise but it is not cloudy by norm, except from mid October to say mid March which is the rainy season. We have a ton of rain but because we are far north, our days are long in the summer with the sun rising a little after 5pm and setting after 9:15.

    Prices are higher here than in the US but to say they are ridiculous is ridiculous. We are business friendly, not sure what you are smoking.

    Real estate in Vancouver is nuts, that is true, partially from the way we are locked in by mountains to the north and water to the west, and US to the south and partially due to offshore buyers driving up the price. Ugly is a matter of taste.
  18. BoysFan4ever

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    I agree. There is so much to do there. I have several friends who have moved there & they love it. Best big city in the world!
  19. FiveRings

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    They usually go by the same definition on lists like these though. Any top city list bases off of things like night life, bars,restaurants, etc. You're not going to find laid back upstate NY cities listed on a best city list, unless that list is geared specifically to those kind of cities
  20. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    Most do not go to the US for care, I never have and no one I know ever has.

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