The Mercer 2008 Quality of Living Survey was just realesed.
The rankings are based on a point scoring index, which sees Zurich scoring 108, while Baghdad scores 13.5. Cities are compared to New York as the base city, with an index score of 100. The quality of living survey covers 215 cities and is conducted to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments.
Portland (100.2 score) ranks 48th, down two spots from last year:
Canadian cities dominate the rankings in the Americas. Vancouver (4) has the best quality of living followed by Toronto (15), Ottawa (19) and Montreal (22). In the US, after Honolulu (28) comes San Francisco (29), Boston (37) and Chicago (44). Washington, DC, ranks 44, above New York (49).
NO US CITY RANKS IN THE TOP 50 FOR SAFETY!!! If you don’t want to cross an ocean, head to Canada where Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver all ties for 22. “Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Lexington, San Francisco and Winston-Salem all share rank 53.”