The 10 Best Cities to Live
Rankings factor in public safety, housing, economy, and recreation
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2011 7:40 AM CST
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(Newser) – If you're looking for the world's top quality of living, get thee to Vienna, the elegant European capital that tops the list of best cities to live, reports Reuters. The other end of the spectrum is found, perhaps unsurprisingly, in Baghdad. The rankings are compiled by consulting group Mercer, which evaluated cities based on public safety, housing, local economy, recreation, and a bevy of other quality-of-life indicators. The top 10:

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zurich, Switzerland

  1. Auckland, New Zealand
  2. Munich, Germany
  3. Dusseldorf, Germany
  4. Vancouver, Canada
  5. Frankfurt, Germany
  6. Geneva, Switzerland
  7. Tie: Copenhagen, Denmark; and Bern, Switzerland
Check out the top 50 here.