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Ottawa named best city to live for expats

Seventy cities were judged on 24 criteria across the four categories of environment and urbanisation, family and society, experience and economics.

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Ottawa scored highly in areas such as air quality and house price to income ratio
Ottawa scored highly in areas such as air quality and house price to income ratio

Ottawa, Canada, has emerged as the leading city in the world for expats to live with Cape Town in South Africa ranked as the worst city for expats.

 

The Expat City Index 2019 released by German online mortgage broker, LoanLink, sets out to highlight the cities that offer the best quality of life and opportunities for new arrivals.

 

Urbanisation and environment

 

The study analysed 70 cities around the world and ranked them for a total of 24 criteria across four major categories: urbanisation and environment; living; economics; and family and society.

 

The criteria within each category define or suggest a high living standard, such as traffic congestion, average earnings, healthcare expenditure and even hours of sunshine.

 

Ottawa scored well for air pollution, English proficiency, and house price to income ratio.

 

Canberra, Australia, ranks second overall on the index with the Australian capital noted for its ‘excellent’ work-life balance, with an average 38-hour working week.

London ranks third on the index for start-up ecosystem as home to an ‘impressive’ number of co-working spaces, investors, and venture funding

Meanwhile in the UK, Glasgow ranks as the best city for expats and fifth globally. The UK also ranks ahead of Australia and New Zealand for healthcare expenditure.

 

Washington DC ranks highest in the US for expats while San Francisco and New York both rank ahead of UK capital, London, boasting better quality of life.

 

London ranks third on the index for start-up ecosystem as home to an ‘impressive’ number of co-working spaces, investors, and venture funding.

 

But the UK capital fares badly for expats searching for an outdoors lifestyle with its minimal hours of sunshine and high traffic congestion.

 

While Cape Town has a strong house price to income ratio, the city has poor safety, and high levels of traffic congestion, and unemployment.

 

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