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Best cities for families worldwide

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

familyToday, many organizations are searching for the best cities to live in. Do you wonder which cities are best for families? Online real estate portal for home buyers and sellers Homeday have released a study revealing the best cities for families worldwide.

Homeday first asked hundreds of parents what makes a city great for raising a family. Using the answers, they then determined the main categories to study; city infrastructure, maternity laws, healthcare quality, happiness levels, activities for children, and expert perception. After analysing thousands of cities around the world for data relating to these categories, they then determined the final list of 100 best cities for families. Every city which is featured in this final index has been hand-picked from thousands of possibilities so should be considered an excellent place to raise a family.

Within these main categories, there are 15 factors; Housing, Education System, Safety, Affordability, Unemployment, Pollution, Transportation, Maternity/Paternity Law, Healthcare, Happiness, Kid Friendly Airports, Activities for Kids, Green Spaces, and then we polled 30,000 parenting professionals and journalists for their Expert Perception. These factors were chosen based on what parents confirmed were important when choosing a city to settle in, and give an overview of the best cities for young families to both live and visit around the world. Every city in the final list was analysed for these 15 factors and then awarded a score to determine a final ranking.

the top 20 cities for families:

 

# City Country Housing Education System Maternity/Paternity Law Healthcare Happiness Activities for Kids Total Score
1 Copenhagen Denmark 9.73 7.15 8.22 7.91 9.91 8.64 8.43
2 Oslo Norway 9.18 7.15 8.91 7.36 10.00 7.18 8.32
3 Zurich Switzerland 7.91 8.55 2.48 9.91 9.73 5.00 8.20
4 Stockholm Sweden 4.27 7.87 9.31 10.00 8.64 7.64 8.18
5 Hamburg Germany 9.36 8.72 7.13 9.09 7.00 7.55 8.14
6 Vancouver Canada 5.82 9.45 7.63 7.82 9.09 8.55 8.09
7 Basel Switzerland 8.82 7.84 2.48 9.91 9.73 4.05 8.04
8 Toronto Canada 4.09 9.45 7.63 7.82 9.09 8.18 8.01
9 Stuttgart Germany 7.27 8.55 7.13 9.09 7.00 7.45 7.98
10 Munich Germany 5.27 8.77 7.13 9.09 7.00 8.82 7.96
11 Lausanne Switzerland 7.64 8.55 2.48 9.91 9.73 2.73 7.90
12 Vienna Austria 6.64 5.41 9.21 8.36 8.09 9.36 7.76
13 Sydney Australia 4.87 6.89 1.30 7.09 8.64 9.33 7.75
14 Helsinki Finland 4.54 9.17 9.90 7.36 9.27 7.00 7.75
15 Melbourne Australia 5.54 8.24 1.30 7.09 8.64 8.88 7.75
16 Bern Switzerland 8.36 7.85 2.48 9.91 9.73 2.64 7.73
17 Montreal Canada 4.09 9.45 7.63 7.82 9.09 8.91 7.72
18 Brisbane Australia 8.09 6.59 1.30 7.09 8.64 6.64 7.68
19 Auckland New Zealand 4.45 8.01 3.77 8.18 8.82 7.55 7.66
20 Frankfurt Germany 9.18 8.65 7.13 9.09 7.00 9.09 7.61

N.B. To find a full explanation of each factor, please see the methodology at the bottom of the press release. This is a sample of the full results which can be found here: https://www.homeday.de/en/family-index-international/

The table below reveals the results for Istanbul, Turkey. Scores are from 1 - 10, with 10 meaning that the city ranks very highly for this factor:

 

Istanbul, Turkey ranks 97 with a total score of 3.43
Housing Education System Safety Affordability based on PPP Unemployment
3.18 2.38 1.73 4.55 2.09
Pollution Transportation Maternity/Paternity Law Healthcare Happiness
1.45 2.00 3.37 1.45 2.09
Kid Friendly Airports Activities for Kids Green Spaces Parents Professionals
5.55 4.55 2.59 4.02 6.33

N.B. This is a sample of the full results which can be found here: https://www.homeday.de/en/family-index-international/

 

Further Findings:

  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ranks first for Housing, followed by Dubai, UAE and Muscat, Oman.
  • Hong Kong, China ranks first for Education, followed by Japanese cities Tokyo and Osaka.
  • Lausanne, Switzerland ranks first for Safety, followed by Abu Dhabi, UAE and fellow Swiss city Geneva.
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ranks first for Affordability (based on PPP), followed by Houston, USA and Hannover, Germany.
  • Doha, Qatar ranks first for low Unemployment, followed by BAngkok, Thailand and Beijing, China.
  • Reykjavik, Iceland ranks first for Pollution, followed by New Zealand cities Wellington and Auckland.
  • Bern, Switzerland ranks first for Transportation, followed by fellow Swiss cities Lausanne and Basel.
  • Sofia, Bulgaria ranks first for Maternity/Paternity Laws, followed jointly by Helsinki, Finland and Budapest, Hungary.
  • On a national level, Sweden ranks first for Healthcare, while Switzerland and France rank second and third respectively.
  • Oslo, Norway ranks first for Happiness, followed by Copenhagen, Denmark and Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Sydney, Australia ranks first for Kid Friendly Airports, followed by Singapore, Singapore and Oslo, Norway.
  • Paris, France ranks first for Activities for Kids, followed by Berlin, Germany and Lyon, France.
  • Stuttgart, Germany ranks first for Green Spaces, followed by Edinburgh, UK and Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
  • The Parents’ Expert Perception poll puts Copenhagen, Denmark first place, followed by Lausanne, Switzerland and Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
  • The Professionals’ Expert Perception poll puts Hamburg, Germany first place, followed jointly by Copenhagen, Denmark and Basel, Switzerland.

 

* PPP=Purchasing Power Parity

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