After the election of Donald Trump, many frustrated Americans have given some serious thought to emigrating. Indeed, so many people checked out Canada’s immigration website that it crashed on November 8th.
If you are at all considering ditching the USA, you might want to consider this new list of the top expat cities in the world. This study, which looked at over 400 cities around the world, was compiled into a list of 230 by the consultancy firm Mercer. If you’re on the fence about making the leap to another country, you might want to check out one of these places on your next vacation.
Most of the cities Mercer ranks highly for expats are in Western Europe. The number one city on this list is Vienna. This is the seventh year in a row the Austrian capital has clinched the top spot on Mercer’s list.
Some other cities Mercer put in the top 10 include German cities Munich, Dusseldorf, and Frankfurt, as well as the Swiss cities of Geneva and Zürich.
Besides Western Europe, Mercer also highly recommends New Zealand’s Auckland, Canada’s Vancouver, and Australia’s Sydney. All of these cities scored phenomenally when it comes to health, education, safety, public services, and access to consumer goods.
Although researchers note that there are legitimate fears of terrorism as well as greater economic malaise in Europe, Mercer believes that most Western European cities continue to offer the greatest quality of life on earth.
The best city in the USA, San Francisco, only came in 28th place. Asia’s greatest city, Singapore, came in 26th place; the Middle East’s best city, Dubai, came in 75th; and Africa’s best city, Cape Town, came in 92nd.
The absolute worst destinations were Port-au-Prince, Hati; Sana’a, Yemen; Central African Republic’s Bangui; and, in 230th place, Baghdad, Iraq.