14 best cities to live in

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

Each of us, regardless of the place of birth, strives to choose the city that is most comfortable for living. The main requirements that are taken into account when moving: developed infrastructure, safety and environmental friendliness. Many people prefer large metropolitan areas with dynamic life, some settle in small quiet towns, someone moves to another country or even to another continent.

In our rating, we have collected 14 cities of the world and Russia, the most suitable for life. Several criteria were assessed: health, education, culture, stability, climate. Statistics change every year. When compiling the list, the latest data were taken into account, as well as feedback from the indigenous population and residents who arrived from other places.

Rating of the best cities to live

Nomination a place Name of product rating
The best cities to live in the world 1 Vienna, Austria 5.0
2 Toronto, Canada 4.9
3 Melbourne, Australia 4.8
4 Helsinki, Finland 4.7
5 Munich, Germany 4.6
6 Adelaide, Australia 4.5
7 Tokyo, Japan 4.4
Best cities to live in Russia 1 St. Petersburg 5.0
2 Tyumen 4.9
3 Kazan 4.8
4 Moscow 4.7
5 Yekaterinburg 4.6
7 Krasnodar 4.4
8 Krasnoyarsk 4.3

The best cities to live in the world

Vienna, Austria

Rating: 5.0


The capital of Austria is in the lead in our list. The most beautiful city in Europe is located on the Danube River. It is surrounded by mountain alpine villages, vineyards, lakes. The official language is German. A total of 2.6 million people live in Vienna and the suburbs. It is the largest metropolis in the country. The largest percentage of the population are Austrians and Germans. Croats, Hungarians, Slovaks, Czechs also live here. Newcomers need not worry about religious conditions. All major confessions are represented in Vienna: Catholics, Orthodox, Muslims, Jews, Protestants.

The history of the city dates back to the 1st century. Until now, many cultural monuments have been preserved that attract tourists from all over the world. Vienna is recognized as the world center of music, where the masterpieces of Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert were created. Public transport is well developed in the city. You can get higher education in 10 public or 3 private universities. Vienna is one of the ten best cities in terms of living safety in this indicator.

The climate is mild, temperate, the air is clean. The Vienna Woods, located not far from the capital, has become as much a landmark as the royal palaces and residences. Alpine mountain range welcomes tourists all year round. Locals also relax in the forest area, where they can not only exercise, but also improve their health at the thermal springs.

Toronto, Canada

Rating: 4.9


The second place in the ranking is occupied by a city located in the province of Ontario in Canada. The population is nearly 3 million. The main feature of the city is that almost half of the inhabitants are immigrants from different countries of the world. Here is the largest Muslim community in Canada. English is the official language. It is spoken by the majority of the Toronto population. The date of foundation is 1793. The city received its real name in 1834.

Finding a job is easy enough. 1/6 of all jobs in the country are located within Toronto. The food and oil refining industries are especially developed. There are not many historical monuments. But landscape attractions attract the attention of both locals and visitors. A hundred kilometers from the city is Niagara Falls – a famous place in the world, as well as Lake Ontario. The climate resembles Central European with a clear division of seasons.

Public transport: metro, buses and trams. The city has an international airport. Educational institutions are represented by universities and colleges with different areas of study. Toronto is recognized as one of the safest cities not only in Canada, but throughout the entire North American continent.

Melbourne, Australia

Rating: 4.8


The third line of the rating is the largest city in Australia. It is home to over 4 million people. This is a multi-ethnic population, among which there are rarely misunderstandings on the basis of religious differences. Melbourne is a center of culture, sports, economy and industry. It constantly hosts international events and welcomes guests from all over the world. The city stands out for its picturesque nature and a mixture of two architectural styles: modern and Victorian.

Melbourne has a high environmental performance. The number of parks and squares is constantly growing, which improves the condition of the air, although the cleanliness parameter is already much lower than the norm. The climate is temperate maritime, comfortable for living regardless of the season. Recreation and surfing beaches are located in the southeast and west of the district. The city has a sufficient number of jobs. This is a seaport, automobile industry, information technology, banking.

The tram network is considered the largest in the world. Melbourne is statistically the safest city in Australia with a very low crime rate. Moreover, offenses are not associated with encroachment on human life. The level of corruption is quite low. The city has over 30 public hospitals and a large number of private medical institutions.

Helsinki, Finland

Rating: 4.7


The fourth place in the ranking is given to the capital of Finland. It is the largest city in the country, located on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. The bulk of the population is indigenous. And only 1/10 are foreigners. Official languages: Finnish and Swedish. A large number of cultural and historical monuments have made the city very popular among tourists. There are museums, galleries, theaters here. Main attractions: Assumption Cathedral, Trinity Church, Suomenlinna Fortress, Senate Square.

There are 8 higher educational institutions in the city, including the largest in the country – the University of Helsinki. Secondary education is received in 190 public and private schools. The climate is average between maritime and continental. Air purity is correct. Health care is free for residents of the city and includes a full range of services, including consultations and dentistry.

The international transport interchange is quite extensive. This is a sea route, a railway, an airport. According to statistics, Helsinki consistently ranks first in terms of the least congestion on the roads. City public transport is represented by metro, trams, buses. The low crime rate allows the population not to worry about their safety.

Munich, Germany

Rating: 4.6


Munich is on the fifth line of the rating. The capital of Bavaria is located in the Isar valley in the south of the country. The territory is home to 1.5 million people, of which 79% are native Germans, 21% are other nationalities. The city has a very rich history spanning 9 centuries. It is not only a major tourist center, but also famous for its achievements in the field of science and technology. Among other things, Munich is the sports capital.

The climate in the city is moderate. Winters are mild, mostly without snow. Summer is not hot, the temperature is extremely rare. The cultural heritage includes a large number of museums and galleries. The English park stretches throughout Munich. A large number of greenery and water bodies improve the environment and improve the level of air purity. Munich is home to universities, colleges, the Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Fine Arts.

Getting to any remote place in the city is not difficult. The fast train network, including electric trains and metro, covers the entire territory. Buses and trams are also popular with locals and visitors alike. International traffic is provided by railway and air routes. The city is safe for living, which has been proven more than once by the statistics of offenses.

Adelaide, Australia

Rating: 4.5


The sixth place in the ranking is occupied by another city in Australia, recognized as the best place to live. It is located on the southern coast of the country in a plain at the foot of the mountains. This location creates a comfortable natural environment. The climate is Mediterranean. In winter, there is a lot of precipitation, in summer they are insignificant. The city was founded in 1836. It is home to 1.4 million people.

Most of the population is indigenous. The rest are from Great Britain, Italy and Scotland. Many adhere to the Christian religion. Catholics and Anglicans are also represented. It is worth noting that 24% of the population of Adelaide do not consider themselves to be of any faith, that is, they are atheists. Secondary education is obtained in public and private schools. A large number of higher educational institutions make it possible to choose any specialty without leaving the city.

Work is provided to everyone. There are enough places. The main industries are the defense and oil-producing industries, the production of medical equipment, and research activities. Adelaide is an important transport hub for the country. International traffic is carried out on the basis of a new modern airport. The high quality of life and low crime rates are attracting more and more international migrants to Adelaide.

Tokyo, Japan

Rating: 4.4


The seventh line of the rating is confidently taken by the Japanese capital. Population – 13.8 million people. The city does not imply a quiet and peaceful life. It is an industrial, political and cultural center with a highly developed infrastructure that provides residents with a decent standard of living. The area has been inhabited since the Stone Age. Most of the locals are Japanese. There are only about 350,000 foreigners. They are mainly Chinese, Koreans and Filipinos.

The city is located on the island of Honshu, washed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean. There are many parks and squares in it. Science and art museums can be visited in Ueno Park. The climate is subtropical. Summer comes late enough. Public transport is represented by railways, highways, and the subway. Tokyo attracts students from all over the country and even the world. There are many universities and colleges here. Among the historical sights are Edo Castle, Old Hama Palace Park, Tokyo Imperial Palace.

Tokyo has been leading among the safest cities on the planet for several years. This applies not only to the level of crime. The construction of buildings is carried out taking into account the location of the island and natural disasters, so a person is maximally protected from many factors.

Best cities to live in Russia

St. Petersburg

Rating: 5.0


The first place in the rating among Russian cities is occupied by St. Petersburg – the northern capital of our country. The second most populous, it has a very rich history and today is the most popular tourist destination. Currently, it is home to 5.383 million people. More than 90% are Russians. Other nationalities: Ukrainians, Tatars, Belarusians, Jews. Most believers are Orthodox of the Moscow Patriarchate. But also such confessions as Muslims, Jews, Buddhists are represented.

St. Petersburg is the northernmost million-plus city in the world. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. The climate is temperate, average between continental and maritime. Ponds, together with a large number of green spaces, create comfortable living conditions, making the air clean and fresh. The city is an important economic center, so those who wish can always find a job in their specialty.

More than 690 educational institutions are located in St. Petersburg. Many students come from other cities. As a scientific and educational center, there are more than 350 organizations in St. Petersburg: academies of sciences and research institutes. Health care is considered the best in the country, the mortality rate is the lowest. The crime rate is low.


Rating: 4.9


Tyumen is on the second line of the rating. Today 788 thousand people live there. 84% are Russian population, 6% are Tatars. In the city there are churches and houses of prayer of various confessions: 11 Orthodox, 5 Muslim, 3 Protestant, 1 Catholic, 1 Jewish. It originates in the first years of the 15th century. Today it is a modern metropolis, a cultural, educational and scientific center of Siberia. There are research and design institutes, 15 higher educational institutions, 150 preschool institutions.

Tyumen is distinguished by the presence of a large number of cultural sites. These are theaters, museums, galleries. Parks and squares improve the environment. The air purity indicator does not exceed the norm. The climate is temperate continental. Various places of employment are offered. The main sector of employment is the oil refining industry. Tyumen is a transport interchange and connects federal roads. The city has 2 airports. Tyumen is a railway junction of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

There are enough medical institutions to provide the population with qualified assistance. There are 10 stadiums in the region. The city is represented by professional teams in football, hockey, volleyball. A positive trend is a decrease in the crime rate, which allows us to conclude about safe living in Tyumen.


Rating: 4.8


The third place in the rating is given to Kazan, one of the most beautiful Russian cities. The ancient settlement was founded in 1005. Today the city is home to 1.251 million people. The multinational society unites Russians, Tatars, Chuvash and other peoples. Both Muslims and Orthodox Christians get along comfortably here. Kazan ranks third among the most popular tourist destinations in Russia. Many ancient temples and mosques attract travelers from all over the world.

Kazan is located in a picturesque place on the banks of the Volga. The Kazanka River divides the city into two parts: historical and modern. The industry is well developed and provides new, well-paid jobs every year. The main employment is in the engineering, food, chemical and light industries. There are research institutes in the city. The fast pace of development was set by the innovative economy.

The educational infrastructure is created taking into account the needs of the population. The city has 327 kindergartens, 168 schools, 44 universities. There are 120 medical institutions in Kazan. Due to the high level of healthcare, people from other regions come to the city for consultations and treatment.


Rating: 4.7


The capital of Russia is in fourth place in the ranking. The population is 12.6 million people. It is the largest Russian-speaking city in the world and the bulk of it is Russian. Also Tatars, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Jews, Ukrainians live here. Religious confessions are represented by Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists. The city is located on both banks of the Moscow River. There are many other reservoirs here. These are lakes, rivers, ponds, streams.

Moscow competes with Singapore and Sydney in terms of the number of green spaces. Every year the park areas are expanding, which significantly improves the ecological state of the region. Climate with a pronounced seasonality. Moscow is the financial center and the management brain of the country's economy. The majority of Russian banks are registered here. The industry is represented by many branches. In recent years, production has been moved outside the capital. Moscow occupies a leading position in terms of wages in the country.

There are more than 260 higher educational institutions in the city. Applicants from all over the world come to get education. Moscow has 200 swimming pools, more than 30 stadiums, 20 indoor ice arenas, 40 sports palaces. The capital hosts international events, receiving guests from all over the world.


Rating: 4.6


Yekaterinburg, which changed its name to Sverdlovsk and then re-received its original status, occupies the fifth line of the rating. Russians – 89%. More than 100 nationalities are represented in total. These are Tatars, Ukrainians, Bashkirs, Mari, Germans, Chuvashs, Armenians and others. Yekaterinburg is the fourth city in terms of population. It is home to 1.47 million people. It is the largest economic center not only in Russia, but throughout the world.

The metallurgical, light, food, machine and instrument-making, printing industries are well developed here. There is no shortage of jobs. Thanks to continuous greening and an increase in the area of ​​parks and squares, the city's ecosystem has significantly improved. Yekaterinburg has become one of the most significant educational centers. Graduates occupy high positions in management and finance, become leading employees of research institutes.

Thanks to the favorable living conditions, people from other regions constantly arrive in the city. This figure is much higher than the number of people who left Yekaterinburg. Residents receive health services in full. The qualification of specialists allows us to solve many, even very complex problems.

Rating: 4.


Rating: 4.5


The sixth place in the rating is given to Krasnodar, where more than 900 thousand people live today. The multinational population consists of Russians, Armenians, Adygs, Ukrainians, Tatars, Greeks, Azerbaijanis. The number of migrants is constantly growing. The city is located in the valley of the Kuban River, 120 km from the Black Sea and 140 km from the Azov Sea. The mild continental climate creates hot summers and moderately warm winters.

Safety is improving year after year. Recently, the birth rate has increased, the death rate has decreased.

The region has a well-developed economy, enterprises of various industries operate, which provides the population with the necessary jobs. The fast pace of housing construction has allowed Krasnodar to enter the top three in terms of real estate commissioned on a par with Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The city is not inferior to many Russian megacities in terms of education. There are 19 state and 12 non-state higher institutions operating here. Secondary education is received in 114 schools, gymnasiums and lyceums. Krasnodar is the main cultural center of the Kuban. It houses 30 museums, 11 theaters, 8 concert venues, 9 art galleries.


Rating: 4.4


One of the most beautiful cities in Siberia is on the seventh line of the rating. The population as of January 2019 was 1.1 million. People of different nationalities and religions get along here. The economy is represented by various industries. These are mechanical engineering, hydropower, metallurgy, chemical, woodworking, space industries. Newly opened enterprises provide an increase in jobs, so the region has a high level of employment.

There are 29 higher educational institutions and 21 scientific research institutions in Krasnoyarsk. There are enough places in kindergartens. Secondary education is obtained in gymnasiums, lyceums and general education schools. There are large medical institutions in the city, and a well-developed network of district polyclinics.

Krasnoyarsk is famous for its bridges. These are road and rail directions through the Yenisei, Kachu, Bugach, Bazaikha rivers. The city is a major transport interchange. You can get to other regions of the country and the world through railway or air communications. The ecological situation complies with the standards. Park areas and natural forests improve it several times. In terms of security, Krasnoyarsk is one of the ten best cities in Russia according to statistics on crimes committed during the year.

Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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