City Benchmarking and Consulting

How Does Your City Compare?

Your Concerns

Is your city connected regionally and globally with transportation networks and talent flows?

Is your city competitive economically, socially, culturally, and environmentally?

Is your city attractive to tourists and globally mobile talent as well as to multinational companies for capital investment?

How can you leverage your city’s unique strengths to distinguish it from others to fulfill your city’s vision?

Your Challenge

Companies are eager to identify emerging business and talent hubs as they set up operations in new markets. But to stand out and attract these investments, city leaders need to understand the specific factors that contribute to a city’s quality of living.

Knowing which issues are lowering a city’s quality of living and which ones succeed in raising it can provide a competitive advantage. And having your city selected for investment can bring enormous economic advantages.

How Mercer Can Help

Multinational organizations have relied on Mercer’s Quality of Living data for more than 20 years to assess the relative quality of living in cities around the world.

Mercer works with cities to analyze their quality of living standards and performs quality-of-living benchmarking against both international and local cities to highlight strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This helps city leaders to:

  • Address challenges to future development
  • Achieve excellence
  • Attract businesses and globally mobile talent

Thomas Geisel, Mayor of Düsseldorf

Thomas Geisel, the mayor of Düsseldorf, spoke with us on how his city has managed to balance economic success with a high quality of living.

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Lord Mayor Jensen, Mayor of Copenhagen

Mercer had the privilege of interviewing Lord Mayor Jensen, the mayor of Copenhagen. Lord Mayor Jensen discusses his thoughts on the city's success, challenges they have faced, and main priorities the city will have going forward.

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Expert Interview Series: Dr. Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna

For the ninth year in a row, Vienna topped Mercer’s global Quality of Living ranking. Following this achievement, Mercer interviewed Mayor Michael Häupl, who discussed his city’s accomplishments and challenges, as well as some of the key decisions that he's made throughout the past 20 years. Included in this interview, Mayor Häupl discusses:

  • Primary challenges.
  • Successful initiatives.
  • Priorities for the next 20 years.

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Expert Interview Series: How Singapore Is Improving Its Quality of Living

In the latest edition of the Expert Interview Series, Singapore's Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director of the Centre for Liveable Cities, discusses how Singapore came to have one of the highest living standards in the Asia-Pacific, as well as his vision for the city's quality of living in the future.

A few of the topics covered in his interview are:

  • While being considered a smart city, primary challenges to overcome.
  • Most successful initiatives that made a difference in the living standard.
  • 3 tips for thriving cities to use for improving their quality of living standard.
  • Correlation between talent/business attractiveness and high living standards.

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Our City Assessment Capabilities For a detailed overview of Mercer's city-assessment capabilities, please see our presentation.

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