10 Best Places to Live in the World


Counting down, here are the 10 best places to live in the world.


10. Brisbane, Australia

Overall rating: 92.4

Stability: 95

Healthcare: 100

Culture & Environment: 85.9

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 85.7


Australia, which makes the biggest showing on the list this year, with four cities in the top ten. Starting out the ranking is Brisbane, a sunny riverfront city that logs nearly 300 cloud-free days annually. Lovely weather aside, Brisbane scored a perfect 100 in both the education and healthcare sectors, making it an easy pick for one of the best places to live in the world.


8. Melbourne, Australia (tie)

Overall rating: 92.5

Stability: 95

Healthcare: 83.3

Culture & Environment: 88.2

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 100


Although it slid in the ranks from no. 2 to no. 8 this year, Melbourne remains one of the most liveable cities in Australia—and the entire world. (The city nabbed the number one spot for seven years in a row before dropping a place two years ago.) The city shines with all of Australia's best personality traits—sophisticated, stylish, free-spirited—and continues to attract travelers with its world-class art and famed coffee and cuisine.


8. Geneva, Switzerland (tie)

Overall rating: 92.5

Stability: 95

Healthcare: 100

Culture & Environment: 84.5

Education: 83.3

Infrastructure: 96.4


Despite some social restrictions still in place, Switzerland takes up two spots in this year's list—the only two European cities to make the cut this year. Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, Geneva proves its livability with a perfect healthcare score (it is the home of the Red Cross, after all) and high numbers for stability and infrastructure. There's no denying the city's natural beauty, either—it boasts expansive views of the Alps and Jura Mountains, and, of course, is home to Lake Geneva. With a daily commute that gorgeous, we can see why people are eager to move here.


7. Zurich, Switzerland

Overall rating: 92.8

Stability: 95

Healthcare: 100

Culture & Environment: 85.9

Education: 83.3

Infrastructure: 96.4


Zurich may seem one-dimensional at first glance, with a reputation for being hyper-efficient and severe. The fact that you'll find spotless streets and trains that always run on time is true—but the city is full of surprises. Come summertime, you'll find citizens swimming in the Limmat River, playing volleyball in the parks, and riding their bikes to grab a scoop of gelato. Zurich also is something of a haven for young creatives, which means you can find plenty of art galleries and fantastic restaurants along both banks.


6. Perth, Australia

Overall rating: 93.3

Stability: 95

Healthcare: 100

Culture & Environment: 78.2

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 100


While the Australian metropolis is still on the up-and-up when it comes to culture & environment, it clearly makes up for those shortcomings when it comes to healthcare, education, and infrastructure. (And if the Economist included a section on beaches, we suspect Perth would have scored perfectly there as well—just check out Cottesloe Beach for proof.) You can also find relatively new food and art scenes here, both of which make the remote city an enjoyable place to call home.


4. Tokyo (tie)

Overall rating (out of 100): 93.7

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 84.0

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 92.9


Tokyo continues to lead by example when it comes to infrastructure, and experts predict the city will get even more incredible in the second half of 2021 and beyond. Infrastructure aside, we'd be happy to live in Tokyo for the dining alone: The Japanese capital has more Michelin stars than any other place on earth, and is—no surprise—one of the world’s best food destinations.


4. Wellington, New Zealand (tie)

Overall rating (out of 100): 93.7

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 95.1