World’s 30 Best Cities to Work and Live: PWC

European and North American cities are most successful business centers, according to Cities of Opportunity rankings in 10 categories

PWC ranked the cities on measures like ease of doing business, cost, economic clout, innovation, health and safety. PWC ranked the cities on measures like ease of doing business, cost, economic clout, innovation, health and safety.

Which world city makes it the easiest to do business? Which is the most "livable?" PWC U.S. attempted to answer these questions and a variety of others to rank 30 major cities' business cultures and quality of life.

A city’s size did not determine its success, according to PWC. Every indicator in the study had both small and large cities among top performers, even those indicating economic clout and openness to the world.

The study, Cities of Opportunity 6, evaluated the 30 cities in 10 categories:

  • Gateway status, or openness to the outside world
  • Cost
  • Demographics and livability
  • Ease of doing business
  • Economic clout
  • Health, safety and security
  • Intellectual capital and innovation
  • Sustainability and the natural environment
  • Demographics and livability
  • Transportation and infrastructure

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PWC based its study on publicly available data collected during the third and fourth quarters of 2013, using global multilateral development organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund; national statistics organizations, such as National Statistics in the U.K. and the Census Bureau in the U.S.; and commercial data providers.

Following are the 10 indicators of successful cities, with the top 10 performers in each category.

Big Ben in London, England.

1) City Gateway

1. London

2. Beijing

3. Singapore

4. (tie) Tokyo

4. (tie) Hong Kong

6. Madrid

7. Paris

8. Dubai

9. (tie) New York

9. (tie) Shanghai

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA. (Photo: AP)

2) Cost (Lower to higher)

1. Los Angeles

2. Chicago

3. Johannesburg

4. Toronto

5. Dubai

6. San Francisco

7. Berlin

8. Kuala Lumpur

9. New York

10. Seoul

Sydney Skyline.

3) Demographics and Livability

1. Sydney

2. London

3. San Francisco

4. Berlin

5. (tie) Singapore

5. (tie) Hong Kong

7. Paris

8. Stockholm

9. Toronto

10. New York

10. Chicago

Sri Mariamman Temple in Singapore.

4) Ease of Doing Business

1. Singapore

2. Hong Kong

3. New York

4. Toronto

5. London

6. Los Angeles

7. (tie) San Francisco

7. (tie) Chicago

9. Seoul

10. Stockholm

The Forbidden City in Beijing, China.

5) Economic Clout

1. London

2. Beijing

3. New York

4. Paris

5. Shanghai

6. Singapore

7. San Francisco

8. Hong Kong

9. Toronto

10. Tokyo

The Harbor in Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden.

6) Health, Safety and Security

1. Stockholm

2. (tie) Toronto

2. (tie) Sydney

4. Berlin

5. San Francisco

6. (tie) Chicago

6. (tie) London

6. (tie) Singapore

9. New York

10. Paris

Eiffel Tower in Paris.

7) Intellectual Capital and Innovation

1. Paris

2. London

3. San Francisco

4. Stockholm

5. Toronto

6. New York

7. Los Angeles

8. Sydney

9. Chicago

10. Tokyo

The Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany.

8) Sustainability and the Natural Environment

1. (tie) Sydney

1. (tie) Stockholm

3. (tie) Berlin

3. (tie) Paris

5. San Francisco

6. Toronto

7. (tie) Chicago

7. (tie) Los Angeles

7. (tie) Moscow

10. Madrid

Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea.

9) Technology Readiness

1. (tie) Seoul

1. (tie) London

3. Stockholm

4. Hong Kong

5. New York

6. San Francisco

7. Los Angeles

8. Singapore

9. Chicago

10. Tokyo

Toronto, Canada marina.

10) Transportation and Infrastructure

1. Singapore

2. Toronto

3. (tie) Seoul

3. (tie) Buenos Aires

5. Paris

6. (tie) London

6. (tie) Madrid

8. Stockholm

9. Berlin

10. Dubai

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