Tokyo Ranked The World's Most Livable City

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Fukuoka also ranked #12

Every year, British magazine Monocle conducts "Quality of Life" survey for cities around the globe. The survey looks at a number of metrics including international flights to the location, crime rates, the number of sunny days, tolerance, unemployment rate, upcoming developments, electric car charging ports, culture, the number of bookshops, green space, street life, and how much dinner costs on a Sunday. All these and more factors are taken into account when the staff comprises its Top 25 Most Livable Cities.

Last year, the Copenhagen, Denmark was voted the best, followed by Tokyo, and Melbourne. Kyoto ranked #9 followed by Fukuoka at #10. This year saw a change up, with Tokyo taking the #1 spot.

The Monocle Quality of Life Survey 2015 from Monocle on Vimeo.

The only American city included is Portland, Oregon at #25. The city was also listed last year at #23, but dropped two points due to rising real estate costs.

Another annual survey, the World Happiness Report published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, adds another angle. While Tokyo and Fukuoka rank high in the "livable" city survey, the people of Japan as a whole ranks #46 in overall happiness. That survey found Switzerland to be the "happiest" place to live. Factors for that survey include real GDP per capita, the life expectancy for a healthy citizen, personal connections, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity.

What cities in the video would you like to travel to?

Cover image via "Tokyo View from Mori Tower" by Japanexperterna. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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