InterNations, the world's leading social network and information site for people who live and work abroad, announced what destinations expats around the world are dreaming of moving to. Asked to more than 14,000 expats, the survey finds that many nationalities seem to be dreaming of home instead of exotic destinations and almost half of the most popular 50 cities among expats are located in English-speaking countries.
New York came out on top, closely followed by London, Barcelona, Sydney and San Francisco. Also in the top 10 are Paris, Singapore, Dubai, Amsterdam and Rome.
Although New York is the most popular destination among expats in general, responses vary widely according to such factors as gender, age group, and nationality. Both men and women prefer the "Big Apple" to all other places worldwide, but the lower ranks of their respective top 10 vary: While women dream of moving to Rome (#7 for female respondents), Berlin (#9) or Cape Town (#10), these three cities are missing from the ten favorites among the male participants. For the latter, Singapore (#5), Dubai (#7), and Vancouver (#9) turn out to be more desirable destinations of choice.
Age also plays an important part in determining a city’s popularity: everybody’s darling New York is especially beloved among expatriates in their late 20s. Younger expats aged 25 or below have a preference for Tokyo, which does far better among this age group than among older participants. Mature expats, on the other hand, are longing for the sunny tropics: compared to the total survey population, the 50+ generation is particularly fond of Bangkok and Honolulu as the dream destinations for best agers.
Many nationalities seem to be dreaming of home instead of exotic destinations: For Canadian respondents, the city of their dreams is Vancouver, with Toronto following on fifth place. Next to New York (#1), Sydney and Melbourne rank second and third, respectively, among Australian expats, and Amsterdam is the third-favorite city of Dutch expatriates, right after New York (#1) and Singapore (#2).
Other respondents would simply prefer to move within their adopted country: those living in the US, for instance, call San Francisco their dream destination. Expats in Australia would opt for a life in Sydney first, while expatriates living Italy cannot resist the manifold charms of Rome.