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NEWS2024-06-07

Grenoble ranked first city in the world in terms of quality of life

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A study by Oxford Economics* has just ranked the city of Grenoble as the top city in the world in terms of quality of life.

The Oxford Economics* Global Cities Index ranks the world's largest cities based on five categories: economy, human capital, quality of life, environment, and governance.

Quality of Life encapsulates the wellbeing and satisfaction of a city’s residents, reflecting the intersection of various socioeconomic factors.

This category provides insights into the liveability and attractiveness of a city, which can play a role in migration patterns, talent retention, and the overall happiness of residents.

Evaluating quality of life metrics in the index underscores the importance of urban policies that not only prioritise economic prosperity but also health, equality, and cultural vibrancy, enhancing residents’ overall wellbeing.

At the top of the Quality of Life category are cities with lower inequality and residents that live long lives. Most of them also provide residents with access to a range of recreation and cultural amenities. These cities tend to be smaller than the leading cities in the Economics or Human Capital categories, and every city in the top 10 is located in Western Europe, bar one in Australia.

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Grenoble, France scores highest in this category, driven by its multitude of recreation and cultural sites per person and income equality. In second place is the lone non-European city in the top 10, Canberra. It benefits from among the highest life expectancy rates in the world and high levels of income per person.

The rest of the top 10 are cities in northwestern Europe, all of which have a combination of high incomes with relatively high income equality, long life expectancies, and vast offerings of recreation and cultural sites.

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*Founded in 1981 within the University of Oxford, Oxford Economics is a leading independent firm in economic forecasting and quantitative analysis.

Source : Gre.mag website - 05/30/2024

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