Quality of Living City Ranking

For the ninth consecutive year, Vienna tops our Quality of Living ranking, and other Western European cities continue to dominate the top of the list. An important role in a city's attractiveness for talent and business is sanitation, Honolulu ranked 1st in the Sanitation ranking.

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Mercer and Quality of Living Data

Mercer is the leading provider of data on quality of living for employees sent to work abroad. Ongoing research on the practicalities of daily life for these expatriate employees and their families forms the basis of our annual ranking of the quality of living in many prevalent assignment locations.

Quality of Living Data

Mercer offers objective recommendations for compensation premiums for employees assigned to work in locations where the quality of living or infrastructure differs from their home locations.

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Ranking Press Release

Learn more about the trends and highlights in this year's ranking, plus comments from Mercer's mobility experts.



20th Anniversary

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Mercer's Quality of Living ranking. See our infographic showing how cities in each region have improved over the years.

The QOL 20th anniversary edition shows the highest increases in quality of living for select cities by region and what growth cities are doing to attract mobile talent.

Top 10 and Bottom 10 Cities

The top and bottom 10 cities of Mercer's annual Quality of Living city ranking

Top 5 by Region

Regional ranking of cities with the best and worst quality of living, according to Mercer's research

Sanitation Ranking

Cities with the best and worst levels of sanitation in the world, according to Mercer's Quality of Living research

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