Dublin improves in the 'Quality of Living' ranking
Dublin has improved one place to 33rd in the latest ‘Quality of Living’ ranking from international consulting group Mercer.
According to Mercer a city’s quality of living is an "essential" component of an area’s attractiveness for businesses and mobile talent.
The survey looked at 231 cities, taking into account a number of factors including access to public transport, traffic congestion levels, the availability of housing and international schools, and a city’s cultural scene.
The Irish capital was the highest ranked city for quality of living in both Ireland and the UK, followed by London (41), Edinburgh (45), Glasgow (48), Birmingham (49), Aberdeen (57), and Belfast (64).
Areas where Dublin ranked highly include a stable political environment, lower levels of air pollution, and a strong socio-cultural environment.
However, the city has opportunities for improvement with regard to transportation and the availability of international schools, according to the survey.
Commenting on the results, Noel O’Connor, consultant for Mercer in Ireland said: “Dublin continues to score highly for quality of living and safety in this year’s rankings. As the potential effects of Brexit continue to evolve it’s important that Dublin sustains its position as an attractive location for multinational organisations”.
Globally, Vienna tops the ranking for the 10th year running, closely followed by Zurich.
In joint third place are Auckland, Munich and Vancouver in Canada.
Meanwhile Dublin ranked 32nd in Mercer’s ‘Personal Safety’ ranking, outperforming London (64), Edinburgh (36), and Belfast (61).
“Dublin’s high safety ranking is further evidence that the city represents an attractive location for multinationals to send their employees,” Mr O’Connor added.