Vienna, Austria is the most livable city, according to a new report
Vienna waits for you.
Austria’s picturesque capital is considered the world’s most livable city, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit, a research and analysis division of The Economist Group.
The so-called “City of Dreams” (as Sigmund Freud spent most of his life there) — and a citadel of fine art, museums, opera houses and architecture ranked — No. 1 on the survey of more than 140 cities for a number of socio-economic reasons, including academic excellence and great overall quality of living.
Among its many perks: The Austrian capital, located on the Danube river with a population of 1.76 million people, has seen a decrease in its already low crime rate during 2017. And most residents get free visits to doctors and hospitals thanks to a well-regarded public medical plan.
The cost of living in Vienna is manageable, with an average monthly cost of living for a single person is $866.85 per month without rent. That makes it slightly more affordable than other cities like Paris, Copenhagen, London, Luxembourg and Amsterdam, which average a little more than $1,000 per month for living expenses without rent, according to Numbeo, a database that measures the cost of living in cities around the world. What’s more, 60% of Vienna’s total population resides in subsidized apartments.
And Vienna’s public transportation is less expensive than other European capitals. An annual public transit ticket costs just one euro per day ($415 USD a year) in Vienna, whereas London charges $4,745 annually and Berlin’s transit system is around $1,168 to ride per year. Riding the subway in New York City every day for a year, in comparison, costs $1,003.75.
The city in which piano man Billy Joel named a song after in his 1977 hit album “The Stranger” is also known for its accessible countryside. Guests and residents can boost their mental health and wellness by skiing the scenic Alps, like Hirschenkogel Mountain, which is just a one-hour drive from Vienna. Or they can take in its stunning art museums and palaces. These include the Schönbrunn Palace, a sprawling 1,441-room Baroque palace, one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in Austria; and the Belvedere Museum, which houses Baroque and Austrian art dating from the Middle Ages.
Vienna just barely ended Melbourne’s record seven-year consecutive run at the top of the list. The two cities were separated by just 0.7 of a percentage point, with both being praised for their arts, culture and quality of living in this year’s survey. Vienna, however, scored a near-perfect 99.1 out of 100 and Melbourne scoring 98.4.
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