Vienna tops places with best quality of life, Baghdad is worst

Posted May 27, 2010 by Leo Reyes
Vienna emerged as the place that has the best quality of life while Iraq's capital Baghdad got the worst rating according to an annual survey released by Mercer Consultants.
Mayor and City Council Office
Mayor and City Council Office
Coming in second in the survey is Zurich while Geneva landed in third place. Vancouver in Canada and Auckland in New Zealand ranked fourth and fifth respectively.
For its annual survey, Mercer assessed the quality of living in 221 cities worldwide, measuring them against New York with an index score of 100 points as the base city.
"Mercer evaluates local living conditions in all the 420 cities it surveys worldwide. Living conditions are analyzed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories," the company says.
Vienna, which also took the number one spot last year, scored a total 108.6 points, while Baghdad scored the lowest with just 14.7 points.
Among others, the survey considered issues or subjects such as crime, health services, economy, pollution, public utilities, education, climate, personal freedom and housing. Other matters considered in the survey include theater, sports dining places, supply of consumer goods and record of natural disasters.
No US city was included in the top 10 best list. Honolulu was ranked no.31 while San Francisco at no. 32. In UK, London ranked no. 39 in the list.
In Asia, Singapore made it to no. 28th place while Tokyo was at no. 40.
Baghdad ranked 221st, remaining at the bottom of the list. It was followed by Bangui in the Central African Republic, N'Djamena in Chad, Khartoum in Sudan and Tbilisi in Georgia.