Buenos Aires ranks 81st out of 215 cities for its “quality of living,” according to a survey published this week by the global human resources company Mercer.
Buenos Aires slipped three spots from 78th a year ago, though Mercer said this was due to gains in other cities.
Indeed, Buenos Aires actually improved its absolutely score from a year ago, though this wasn’t enough to beat out other cities which also improved their scores.
Mercer considers 39 factors when measuring a city’s quality of life. Among other things, it considers “high impact” factors such as political stability, pollution, crime, law enforcement, and hospital services” as well as “low impact” factors like the availability of sports facilities and movie theaters, etc.
Buenos Aires ranked third in Latin America behind San Juan, Puerto Rico and Montevideo, Uruguay. Santiago, Chile, ranked 89th. Rio and Sao Paolo, in Brazil, came in 117th and 188th, respectively.
“A number of South and Central American countries have experienced positive changes. But on the whole, political and security issues, and the incidence of natural disasters, continue to hinder the improvement of quality of living in the region. Shortages of consumer goods have also contributed to a decline in quality of living in some cities,” said Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer, in a statement.
All of the top five cities in the Americas were in Canada. Vancouver ranked No. 1 in the Americas and No. 4 in the world.
The top fives cities worldwide were:
Vienna, Austria (1st)
Zurich, Switzerland (2nd)
Geneva, Switzerland (3rd )
Vancouver, Canada (tied 4th)
Auckland, New Zealand (tied 4th)
The bottom five were:
Khartoum, Sudan (211)
Brazzaville, Congo (212)
N’Djamena, Chad (213 )
Bangui, Central Republic of Africa (214)
Baghdad, Iraq (215)
Link: Survey Summary