What is the Best City in the World?

We aggregated 22 different sets of rankings of the "best" cities in the world, as measured by a range of criteria - dynamism, livability, beauty, and other overall qualities. Here's what they revealed. Welcome the debate.

The aggregate consensus "best" cities in the world:

The Consensus Top Tier:

1. London

  • Best rank: 1

  • Worst rank: 24

  • Average rank: 9

2. Paris

  • Best rank: 1

  • Worst rank: 39

  • Average rank: 10

3. New York

  • Best rank: 1

  • Worst rank: 44

  • Average rank: 10

The Second Tier:

4. Barcelona

  • Best rank: 3

  • Worst rank: 43

  • Average rank: 13

5. Singapore

  • Best rank: 4

  • Worst rank: 29

  • Average rank: 14

6. Sydney

  • Best rank: 2

  • Worst rank: 39

  • Average rank: 15

7. Tokyo

  • Best rank: 4

  • Worst rank: 30

  • Average rank: 15

8. Chicago

  • Best rank: 2

  • Worst rank: 49

  • Average rank: 16

9. Montreal

  • Best rank: 2

  • Worst rank: 51

  • Average rank: 16

10. Berlin

  • Best rank: 1

  • Worst rank: 36

  • Average rank: 16

11. Vancouver

  • Best rank: 3

  • Worst rank: 49

  • Average rank: 16

12. Amsterdam

  • Best rank: 4

  • Worst rank: 49

  • Average rank: 16

13. San Francisco

  • Best rank: 8

  • Worst rank: 34

  • Average rank: 16

14. Rome

  • Best rank: 2

  • Worst rank: 56

  • Average rank: 16

15. Vienna

  • Best rank: 1

  • Worst rank: 31

  • Average rank: 16

16. Toronto

  • Best rank: 5

  • Worst rank: 25

  • Average rank: 16

17. Melbourne

  • Best rank: 2

  • Worst rank: 51

  • Average rank: 1

18. Lisbon

  • Best rank: 6

  • Worst rank: 37

  • Average rank: 17

19. Cape Town

  • Best rank: 3

  • Worst rank: 95

  • Average rank: 18

20. Madrid

  • Best rank: 11

  • Worst rank: 46

  • Average rank: 19

21. Washington, DC

  • Best rank: 1

  • Worst rank: 53

  • Average rank: 19

22. Dubai

  • Best rank: 6

  • Worst rank: 74

  • Average rank: 19

23. Los Angeles

  • Best rank: 5

  • Worst rank: 66

  • Average rank: 20

24. Hong Kong

  • Best rank: 5

  • Worst rank: 71

  • Average rank: 20

25. Prague

  • Best rank: 4

  • Worst rank: 69

  • Average rank: 20

26: Philadelphia

  • Best rank: 11

  • Worst rank: 54

  • Average rank: 22

27: Boston

  • Best rank: 11

  • Worst rank: 51

  • Average rank: 22

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