50 best cities to live in which will be a surprise for you

06 May 2023

We conducted a study in which we analyzed the level of safety, health care, education, and developed infrastructure and compiled a rating of the best cities in the world to live in.

 1. Wroclaw, Poland

Wroclaw is an incredible city of ancient streets, churches, and incredible architectural styles of all eras. And in 2016, at the initiative of the European Union, it received the status of the cultural capital of Europe. The city is located at the intersection of five rivers and is home to a family of red gnomes (famous dwarfs who became the symbol of this place). There is no exact date of the foundation of the city. In different eras, it belonged to different states, and only after 1945 did it return to Poland.


2. Victoria, Seychelles

Victoria is the capital of Seychelles and the country's largest city, with a population of just over 26,000 people. The city was founded as a French military base in 1778. There are no high-rise buildings in the city: the authorities prohibit the construction of houses higher than palm trees in order to preserve the unique local landscape.

The most mportant thing, for which it is worth staying in the capital of Seychelles, is the natural beauty of nature, the heavenly climate, and the cleanest ocean.


3. Zagreb, Croatia

The capital of Croatia, Zagreb, has at least 900 years of history. It was formed as a result of the merger of the two cities of Hradec and Kaptola. From the ancient fortress walls, only the Stone Gate, which received its modern appearance in the 18th century, has survived to this day. The city has a continental climate with distinct seasons. In winter, the average temperature is +2 ºС...+4 ºС, sometimes the thermometer drops to -5 ºС...-10 ºС, and there are frequent snowfalls. In summer, the average temperature is +20 ºС...+25 ºС, often the air warms up to +30 ºС. It is comfortable and interesting to relax in Zagreb at any time of the year.


4. Panama City, Panama

Panama City is the capital of the republic of the same name and a millionaire city surrounded by tropical forests. This huge metropolis consists of the most diverse architecture, from colonial buildings to modern skyscrapers. The main attraction is the Panama Canal. 48 ships sail through it each day, ranging in size from small yachts to enormous tankers. The majority of the nation's income comes from it. Nearby the city is Fort San Lorenzo, where you may experience what it's like to be a true Caribbean Sea pirate.


5. Johannesburg, South Africa

The city first appeared as a result of the Witwatersrand gold rush of 1886. the small and dirty mining villages in the Ferreira camp eventually formed, where adventure seekers and fortune hunters flocked. Soon the grimy villages of miners clustered in Ferreira's camp, where adventure seekers and fortune hunters flocked. And later the area was renamed Johannesburg. This city is the center of large-scale trade in gold and diamonds, which are mined in the surrounding mountains.


6. Cape Town, South Africa

This city is located on the very edge of the African continent and is washed by two oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian. This city is a mirage, a city of slums and luxurious villas.

Cape Town has discovered thanks to the search in the 15th century for a new trade route from Europe to India. There are many unique plants, and one of the 17 species of penguins lives here - African black-footed penguins, which were here even before the first white man appeared on this territory. 


7. Busan, South Korea

A hundred years ago, only a steam tram ran on the territory of this 3 million-strong metropolis, because there was no electricity. And today it is a developed city with towering skyscrapers, chic bridges, and excellent infrastructure. It is a port, business, and resort center at the same time, where the fields of IT and electronics, shipbuilding, and fishing are actively developing.

Busan is located in the southeast of the Korean peninsula and deserves the name of the summer capital of Korea. If you are demanding and used to everything being at the highest level, you will definitely like this city. 


8. Santiago, Chile

The capital of Chile and one of the largest metropolises in South America is surrounded by mountains on all sides. The city was founded by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Valdivia, who was impressed by the area and named it after the heavenly patron of Spain, the apostle Jacob (Saint Iago). It is interesting that the prestigious districts in this city are not in the center but on the outskirts. And Santiago even has its own "Chilean Montmartre", where all the most fashionable bars, cafes, nightclubs, and restaurants are located. And this quarter is located at the foot of San Cristobal Hill.


9. San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan is a very interesting city, it is a modern metropolis combined with fortresses, ancient streets, buildings, churches, and chic beaches and shopping centers. San Juan is located in a tropical climate zone. During the year, the temperature in the city fluctuates between +22-31 °C. Local residents are friendly, calm, and polite. If you are benevolent towards them, it will be reciprocated. Talking to strangers in stores is a common thing here. Therefore, do not be surprised if a stranger strikes up a conversation with you.


10. Buenos Aires, Argentina 

The Economist included Buenos Aires in the top 10 most accessible cities in the world for foreigners. Their life in the Argentine capital costs an average of $1,000-1,700 per month — with rent for good housing in the center and food in restaurants. At the same time, Buenos Aires is a completely European city with free Wi-Fi and 24-hour bike rental, wonderful museums, and yoga in the parks. Argentina is a country created by emigrants, and the locals remember it well. Therefore, foreigners are given almost the same rights as citizens: for example, everyone has access to free medicine and education, guaranteed by the Argentine constitution.


11. Riga, Latvia

The history of the city begins in 1201. In the 13th century, Riga became a cultural and trade center, a "bridge" connecting the East and the West. Today, the capital continues to be the cultural, scientific, industrial, and tourist center of the country.

Latvia belongs to the countries with a temperate climate, which is characterized by mildness and flexibility of weather conditions. Riga will never be too hot or too cold.

The city has a low crime rate that continues to decrease every year, indicating that Riga is a safe city to live in.


12. Athens, Greece

Athens is a unique city that was named after the goddess of wisdom. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle worked here. Unique remains of ancient times have been preserved in Athens. 

Athens has a mild climate, there is almost no rain or snow. Athens has a mild climate, there is almost no rain or snow. The Greek capital is unique among the major cities of European countries because you can go to the beach without leaving the metropolis only here. Numerous free beaches and special recreation areas are scattered a few kilometers from the center of Athens. Higher education in Greece is recognized as one of the highest quality and, at the same time, inexpensive.


13. Durban, South Africa

Durban is a multicultural city with a lot of colorful places. Almost half of the city's population are young people under the age of 24. The climate of Durban is subtropical. Summer here is hot and humid, and winter is mild and warm.

Durban is famous for its high tolerance for foreigners with affordable housing. This is a great city to start a business. If you take into account all the main aspects of life, then in general life in the city is quite comfortable and suitable, including for long-term residence.


14. Tallinn, Estonia  

The heart of Tallinn is the ancient city, which is included in the UNESCO heritage. In 1441, a city Christmas tree was placed here for the first time in the world. Tallinn, like all of Estonia, is famous for its measured way of life. The crime rate here is relatively low, and all petty crime tends to happen in bars and pubs.

The health care system is quite developed here. Estonians also improve their own life as much as possible. They vote via the Internet, and doctors often receive consultations via Skype. And all public transport in the capital is free: this is how the authorities are trying to "transplant" drivers from their own cars to comfortable buses, and in this way, the narrow streets of the old city are freed from traffic jams.


15. Limassol, Cyprus

Limassol arose from a modest market settlement between the ancient cities of Amathus and Kourion. Limassol has a pretty Old Town full of cozy taverns, a medieval castle that "remembers" Richard the Lionheart, and a chic modern marina.

The city has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and pleasant winters. This city is ideal for those who are tired of the noise of metropolises and want a measured and comfortable life.


16. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur began its history in 1857 when it was founded as a small mining settlement. It is the city of the harmonious interplay of opposites - loud streets, fast highways, and small forest plantations. The authorities pay a lot of attention to the landscaping of the city and the preservation of the species diversity of flora and fauna. Directly opposite the Petronas Twins is Central Park, where you can find 66 types of palm trees. People from all over the world go there to do business, get an education, study, and relax.


17. Taipei, Taiwan

Although Taipei has been around for two centuries since 1949 there have been ongoing political disputes – as to consider the city the capital of Taiwan or a province of China. In 2018 and 2019, Taipei became first in the ranking of the best cities for emigration due to its high level of security, quality of life, and developed transport structure.

There is a prevailing opinion among local residents that foreigners need to be helped. There is a prevailing opinion among local residents that foreigners need to be helped. there is a high level of security here - at any hour of the night, you can walk the streets, take the subway and not be afraid of anything.


18. Port Louis, Mauritius

It is interesting that from the moment of its foundation in 1735, the city was only a stop for ships that sailed around the Cape of Good Hope to India. Porto-Louis was formed under the influence of immigrants and European colonists: here colonial architecture is located next to Muslim and Chinese quarters. The city is located in the northwestern part of the island at the foot of the mountains. One of them, Peter Boat, long ago served as a landmark for the passage of merchant ships between coral reefs. This location favors good weather.


19. Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw is the largest and one of the most interesting cities in Poland, and living in Warsaw can be interesting too. Its center is becoming a modern business center, but its Old Town is a reminder of the history it has gone through. The unemployment rate here is only 1.3%. There are about 200 business centers in Warsaw, and Citi Bank, Samsung, Accenture, General Electric, BNP Paribas are the most in demand for candidates for employment. Jobs are also available for unskilled workers – for example, as salespeople or warehouse workers.


20. Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is first mentioned as a settlement in a letter from the Grand Duke Gediminas of Lithuania. The pride of Vilnius is the architecture of the Old Town, which belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Vilnius is quite a beautiful, comfortable, and cozy place, which seems to be in no hurry, and many people like this atmosphere. Renting housing here is much cheaper than in other EU countries. In Lithuania, a system of mandatory medical life insurance is provided for all residents and residents of the country.


21. Bratislava, Slovakia

This city is quite small compared to other European capitals. the population here is only half a million inhabitants, but it is ideal for those who are tired of the noise of megacities. Bratislava is a very leisurely city and everyone here is not in a hurry, they walk slowly, and cashiers in stores serve slowly. Since Bratislava is the capital, all this leisure is combined with entertainment: various festivals, exhibitions, and sports events.


22. Montevideo, Uruguay

Motevideo is the big capital of small Uruguay, where 40% of the country's population lives. This is a green city that is developing and shocks everyone with its ancient streets. There are snow-white beaches next to modern neighborhoods and the latest architecture.

Montevideo has a high level of safety, the city has repeatedly been included in the 30 safest places in the world to live.


23. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

After the discovery of oil fields in 1956, this small fishing village grew into a real boom and revolution of prosperity. This is the richest emirate, in which the atmosphere of respectability and measured luxurious life completely prevails. Over the past 2 years, the country has relaxed laws and regulations regarding non-residents to encourage others to move here. Although Abu Dhabi is one of the most comfortable cities to live in due to the level of medicine and safety, due to the high prices of real estate and rent, it occupies the 78th place in our TOP.


24. Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is one of the financial capitals of the world, or as it is called "the city of the future". Despite the fact that there are many people on the streets of the city, its atmosphere is very comfortable. Here, futuristic buildings perfectly harmonize with ancient streets. People go here to see what other cities will look like in the future.

In 2011, Seoul entered the top three cities because of the information and communication technologies used to implement environmental initiatives. Highly developed infrastructure makes this city as comfortable as possible for living.


25. Budapest, Hungary

November 17, 1873, is considered the official date of creation of the city of Budapest. When the three cities of Buda, Pest, and Obuda merged into one. The capital of Hungary is divided by the Danube into two parts - Buda and Pest. Budapest has a very large number of foreign companies, so there is a need for workers. It is also home to a large number of universities with the largest programs for studying foreign students. And compared to other European capitals, the prices for renting and buying real estate in Budapest are not that high.


26. Dubai, United Arab Emirates 

The first urban settlement was founded in 1799 by the Bani-Yas clan, which moved here from an oasis in the desert. Today Dubai is a major economic and financial center of the Middle East, which is close to Shanghai in its development. This is a symbiosis of the ancient East and ultra-modern technologies. A high standard of living, economic stability, and a large number of well-paid jobs attract immigrants from all over the world. Their number already exceeds half of the entire population of Dubai.


27. Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana is one of the smallest capitals in Europe, its population is just over 200,000 people. Despite the size of the capital, the city is fascinating with medieval houses and monuments, unusual bridges, and castles. Walking through the cobbled streets of Ljubljana, you can simply enjoy its calm and cozy atmosphere. Ljubljana is a charming green city, one of the most convenient and comfortable for life in Europe.


28. Detroit, Michigan, United States

Founded in 1701, it has experienced many crises and upheavals. However, Detroit has always been a city of transporters and engineers. In the 1930s, thanks to its development, it was called the "American Paris", for the brilliance and sophistication of the architecture, for the taste and wealth of the public. This city is one of the few that is willing to pay emigrants. To attract specialists of all industries to Detroit, the government introduced a program according to which the budget will pay 2.5 thousand dollars to each professional worker who decided to move here.


29. Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Pointe-a-Pitre is ideally located in the center of Guadeloupe on the coast of the Caribbean Sea. About 20,000 people live in the city. Pointe-à-Pitre is a garden known for its wooden houses in the Creole style. Carnivals are held in the city every year. Those who love the sea and beach holidays should go here. After all, the temperature here is comfortable all year round and you can swim in the sea. 


30. Hong Kong, China 

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, which, being a British colony for a long time, turned into a business center and managed to show the world fantastic achievements in the financial and trade spheres. The territory of Hong Kong is small, so it will always be convenient for you to get to the necessary point. Nevertheless, there is a well-developed transport system here. Hong Kong is one of the healthiest places in the world thanks to professional health care, high-quality health education, and a well-developed system of treatment and medical care. In terms of life expectancy, Hong Kongers ranks second in the world.


31. St. Louis, Missouri, United States

St. Louis was founded by French colonists and was even called the "Gateway to the West." This city has one of the lowest living costs. In an average family of two people, about $1,200 a month is enough, not excluding accommodation, entertainment, and shopping. With affordable city rents and a minimum wage of $11.15, it's a livable city.


32. Prague, Czech Republic

It is one of the largest cities in Central Europe and the centuries-old capital of Bohemia. These are bridges, cathedrals, gilded towers, and church domes that have been reflected in the waters of the Vltava for more than 10 centuries. It is one of the few European capitals where emigrants have almost the same rights as local residents. There are many universities in Prague that are among the best in the world, and the education system corresponds to high world rankings. Here, the level of medicine is quite high, the infrastructure is highly developed, and the cost of living is relatively inexpensive.


33. Miami, Florida, United States 

Miami is one of the youngest cities in the USA, which is a little more than 100 years old since the local residents voted for their small settlement to receive the status of a city. Here is a special rhythm of life, which is strikingly different from the general American one: no one is in a hurry, everyone enjoys brunch for a long time, hones their abs to perfect condition on South Beach, and in the evening they forget themselves in dancing to Latin American rhythms. This is a luxurious city where you want to live and enjoy life.


34. Los Angeles, California, United States

The city was officially founded in 1781 and was part of Mexico for a long time. However, Los Angeles received the status of an American city only in 1850, when it passed to the United States, the winner of the American-Mexican War of 1848. Today, Los Angeles is the largest scientific, cultural and educational center of world importance, as well as the largest world center of the television and music industry.


35. Houston, Texas, United States

August 30, 1836, is considered the founding date of Houston. On this day, brothers August and John Allen from New York purchased a plot of land along the Buffalo Bayou River and declared this territory a new city that would become the "trade gate" of Texas. An advantageous geographical location, as well as a developed logistics and transport infrastructure, have turned Houston into an important transport hub. The port of the city is among the ten largest ports in the world. If Houston became an independent state, its economy would be the 30th world economy.


36. Atlanta, Georgia, United States 

Atlanta is a relatively young city, founded in 1837 as the terminus of the Western & Atlantic Railroad. It has a humid subtropical climate, so it rarely snows here in winter and the temperature practically does not reach the minus mark, and the summer is very hot. This city is one of the safest in the world. The crime rate here has been declining since the late 1990s, and in 2005 was the lowest in 40 years.


37. Belfast, Northern Ireland

In 1921, Belfast became the capital of a new country, Northern Ireland.

Today's Belfast provides ample employment opportunities combined with fairly high living standards with relatively low living expenses, which attracts both large international companies and ex-pats. Housing prices in Belfast are generally lower than on the mainland. This means that most people can afford real estate.


38. Dallas, Texas, United States

Since its founding in 1841, Dallas has been famous as a major trading center, selling everything from wool to grain to cattle. Today, Dallas is a modern metropolis, a center of finance, industry, computer technology, and the fashion industry. Here, skyscrapers coexist with unique buildings of the 19th century, and there is bustling nightlife. At the same time, the cost of living in Dallas is lower than in most other megacities. In any case, here you have a real chance to buy a house, unlike Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, and it is not dangerous. 


39. Nagoya, Japan 

Nagoya grew up around the castles built by the Imagawa and Oda families in the 16th century. Nagoya is known to the whole world as the center of the Japanese automobile industry. The largest machine-building plants will create their cars. In addition, traditional samurai and ninja cultures live here.

The personal safety of citizens in Nagoya is given a lot of attention. For this reason, the level of crime in the city is quite low.


40. Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

The city is located on the right bank of the Mississippi River and has 24 lakes within its boundaries, which led to its official name "City of Lakes". Several dozen high-rise buildings have been built in the business part of the city. Many large business centers are connected by a system of overpasses. There are also many theaters in Minneapolis. Modern Minneapolis ranks first in the list of "healthy" cities in the USA.


41. Leipzig, Germany

Leipzig is one of the most dynamically developing cities in Germany and the largest in the region. The settlement in the vicinity of Leipzig existed during the time of the Roman Empire.

Leipzig is a city with a rich history, founded more than 1,000 years ago at the intersection of trade routes, and has always played an important role in Saxony.


42. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

One of the largest settlements in the state of Pennsylvania occupies the first position in the list of cities most suitable for living. It has a distinctive landscape that divides it into numerous distinct districts, each with their own architecture and culture. The city center, famous for its tall skyscrapers, is surrounded by residential areas with narrow streets. The landscape is complemented by numerous bridges connecting all parts of the city.


43. Aberdeen, Scotland

Modern Aberdeen was formed in 1891 as a result of the merger of two settlements: Old Aberdeen (the university city and the bishop's residence, which is now its northern part) and New Aberdeen (formerly a fishing village on the Dee River and, accordingly, the southern part of the city). Aberdeen can surprise you not only with its appearance but also with an abundance of exciting nightclubs and crowded bars. Order in Aberdeen provides an impressive staff of policemen, which allows you to feel comfortable in most areas of the city. Due to the high general quality of life, the city can be considered an excellent place for a long stay.


44. Rome, Italy

The history of Rome spans more than 2,000 years, and it has long since ceased to be just a city and the capital of Italy, it has become a place of strength for all mankind, being in it, you can see where it all began. The capital of Italy is considered a safe city, you can walk around the historic part of Rome both day and night.

There are about 2,000 fountains in the city, from which water flows so cleanly that local residents drink it with joy.


45. Yokohama, Japan 

The city was founded in 1858 by merging two small villages - Yokohama and Kanagawa, whose inhabitants were engaged in agriculture and fishing. Today, the city has a strong economic base, represented mainly by sea transport, as well as biotechnological and semiconductor industries. It is also a major shipbuilding center.


46. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Due to its robust and expanding job market, gastronomic scene, unmatched proximity to other major cities, and one of the best park systems in the country, Philadelphia is swiftly rising to the top of the list of Americans' favorite cities to live in. Lots of job opportunities - Philadelphia is one of the strongest job markets in the country. There are many corporate offices, educational institutions and medical centers, distribution centers that create a rich and diverse job market for residents. While Philadelphia is getting more expensive, it is still significantly more affordable than cities like Washington, Boston, and New York. Philadelphia actually has the lowest house ownership costs out of the country's top ten cities. 


47. Calgary, Canada

Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta. It is located between the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and the Canadian prairies and is surrounded by large and beautiful national parks. Calgary is one of the wealthiest cities in the country thanks to the oil industry. The country's oil sands reserves are said to be second only to those of Saudi Arabia.

The cost of homes and flats in Calgary is reasonable in comparison to other large cities worldwide, especially taking into account the city's relatively high earnings.


48. Zurich, Switzerland 

Zurich is a very attractive place to live and work for many non-Swiss citizens. It also offers an attractive tax treatment for both individuals and companies in appropriate circumstances. In general, living in Switzerland has so many advantages.

It was and continues to be one of the most popular countries to live in the world. It is a safe and neutral country, it has a high standard of living and education, it has a variety of multicultural cities, and it is an all-around beautiful country with pristine lakes and a backdrop of the Alps.

Switzerland is business friendly for investment and has an excellent banking system.


49. Copenhagen, Denmark 

Copenhagen consistently tops the rankings of the happiest, most livable and best-planned cities in the world.

Perhaps this is because in every aspect of their politics and culture, the city's residents are guided by the laws of sustainability and sustainability. The family occupies a central place in the life of the Danes. After the birth of a child, parents usually get one year of parental leave (which can be divided into several parts over nine years). Copenhagen is gradually turning into a startup metropolis, which many say is due to its love of design and collaborative culture.


50. Vienna, Austria 

According to the Mercer 2019 study, Vienna is ranked 1st among the most livable cities in the world. It has happened ten times in a row now. 

It's no wonder that some of the world's most talented scientists live and work here. Vienna is a relaxed city." The authorities take care of the comfort of citizens' lives: for example, that there are fewer traffic jams in the city. According to Deutsche Bank, Viennese earn an average of $1.9 thousand euros), which is one and a half times less than the average earnings of Copenhagen residents. But the cost of living here is lower than in the capitals of Northwestern Europe, experts note.