After claiming the title of world’s most livable city in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual index last year, Vienna recently topped Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey as well.
For the 10th year in a row, Vienna, Austria took the number one spot in the annual Quality of Living survey conducted by Mercer, a human resources consulting firm. But it’s not the only company to recognize the Austrian capital—the Economist Intelligence Unit also gave Vienna the top spot in its ranking of the world’s most livable cities in 2018.
The rest of Mercer’s top 10 is dominated by cities in Switzerland (Zürich, Geneva, and Basel all ranked) and Germany (Munich, Dusseldorf, and Frankfurt came in third, sixth, and seventh respectively). In fact, the only cities outside of Europe to make the top 10 list are Vancouver, Canada, and Auckland, New Zealand. Cities in the United States didn’t even manage to crack the top 20, with San Francisco coming in the highest at number 34.
Mercer’s Quality of Living Ranking 2019
1. Vienna, Austria
2. Zürich, Switzerland
3 . (tie) Vancouver, Canada
3. (tie) Munich, Germany
3. (tie) Auckland, New Zealand
6. Düsseldorf, Germany
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Copenhagen, Denmark
9. Geneva, Switzerland
10. Basel, Switzerland
What makes Vienna the most livable of all the great cities in the world? Mercer bases its annual rankings of 231 cities on medical and health considerations, the natural, political, and social environment, as well as access to education, transportation, recreation, and culture. If you’re considering moving abroad, these categories are all something to be considered when picking a city to begin expat life. But even if you only have a week to spare, Vienna’s cultural scene, walkable city center, and iconic cafés all make it a strong contender for your next city getaway.
It may not be a scientific fact that eating cake makes your life better, but it’s safe to say that Vienna’s famous Sachertorte—a chocolate cake filled with apricot jam—will bring a smile to your face. For the classics, go to Hotel Sacher or Demel; you also can find it at more casual spots, including Café Landtmann or Kaffee Alt Wien.
This article originally appeared online on August 21, 2018; it was updated on March 14, 2019, to include current information.