London has been voted the best city in the world for quality of life in a new study, thanks to its health service, legal system and infrastructure.
The English capital beat stiff competition in a study conducted by PwC, which examined what 5200 people from 16 countries thought about 30 global cities.
Paris came second in the study, which measured over 40 metrics related to politics, economics and social issues. It was ranked number one in cultural influence, including attractions and setting cultural trends, and in the top three cities in terms of entertainment and cuisine.
New York came third in the poll, which examined the level of regard respondents held for each city, and the factors they associated with each one. It was number one in being viewed overall as “a leader,” for its economic influence
and ability to provide easy access to capital.
The factors examined included well-developed infrastructure; innovation; leadership; influence in terms of economics, politics, and culture; happiness; affordability; traffic congestion, strong public transportation; great entertainment and cultural attractions; income equality; safety; access to public education and public health; and great food.
There were two parts to the study – Best Cities, which was all about perceptions people held, and Cities of Opportunity, which focused on the actual reality.
Some of the cities didn’t score as highly in reality as they did on perceptions in particular areas, or vice versa.
Mexico City, despite ranking 25th on overall cultural clout, was deemed to be an example of a city that is making great strides to position itself for more cultural influence in the future. In reality, it ranked third in Cities of Opportunity, because of its access to libraries and the fact that it has more than 150 museums.
Singapore, which came in at number 17 in the overall perceptions poll, was actually found to rank at number two in reality, indicating that its strengths are not always recognised by the public.
To read the full PwC publication on both the Best Cities and Cities of Opportunity reports, see here.