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20th Mar 2018

Here’s where Dublin ranks on a new survey of the best cities in the world for quality of living

Dave Hanratty

Dublin expensive

No change at the top, but it’s a strong showing from the capital…

Despite rising rent prices and an increasing homelessness problem, it seems Dublin isn’t such a bad place to live after all, according to a new survey carried out by global consultancy firm Mercer.

The 20th annual Quality of Living survey sees Dublin rank 34th overall, with Vienna taking the #1 spot for the ninth year in a row.

Zurich is placed second, while Auckland and Munich share third place as Vancouver completes the top five.

The ranking is determined by various factors including security, public transportation, political and economic conditions, climate, health, infrastructure and sanitation standards.

Dublin takes pride of place among Irish and UK cities, coming in ahead of London (41), Edinburgh (46), Birmingham (50), Glasgow (50), Aberdeen (58) and Belfast (68).

“Some of the key factors placing Dublin in 34th place include a stable political environment, lower levels of air pollution and a strong socio-cultural environment,” said Noel O’Connor, a consultant at Mercer Ireland.

“The results demonstrate that Dublin remains an attractive location for international business to send their employees,” he added.

Meanwhile, a new city sanitation ranking puts Dublin in 31st place.

That ranking analyses cities’ waste removal and sewage infrastructure, levels of infectious disease, air pollution, water availability and quality, with Honolulu coming out on top, followed by Helsinki and Ottawa in joint second.

“In addition to valuable data on relative quality of living, Mercer’s surveys provide hardship premium recommendations for more than 450 cities throughout the world; this year’s ranking includes 231 of these cities,” notes the official survey.

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