Movers and shakers on the 2021 Global 150 Cities Index

    Aug 24, 2021 @ 05:02 PM / by Andrea Downing


    Where did your city land?

    AIRINC recently released its annual Global 150 Cities Index of top cities that have the ideal combination of high salaries, low taxes, goods & services costs, and quality of life. Here are some notable movers and shakers!

    Cities added to the top 10 from each continent

    • Berlin, Germany up 9 places to 6
    • Toronto, Ontario, Canada up 5 places to 7
    • Melbourne, Australia up 8 places to 10
    • Singapore up 2 places to 9

    Which cities lost their place in the top 10? U.S. cities suffered the biggest hit!

    • New York, New York, U.S. dropped 4 places to 11
    • Vienna, Austria dropped 3 spots to 12
    • Houston, Texas, U.S. dropped 5 spots to 13
    • Denver, Colorado, U.S. dropped 5 spots to 15

    This year’s top 10 is dominated by Europe. With no cities in the top 10, what went wrong for the U.S.? Due to the increasingly divided political situation in the U.S., there was a slight increase in hardship, which resulted in a slightly lower lifestyle score.

    The USD lost value relative to a number of other currencies in the last year, which affected the relative value of both salaries and costs. These effects may seem quite small in the bigger picture, but the top-end rankings are very close and small changes can lead a location to lose multiple places.

    Where did your city rank?

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    Global 150


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    Andrea Downing

    Written by Andrea Downing

    Andrea joined AIRINC in 2014 as a Client Solutions Executive with over fifteen years’ experience in global mobility with expatriate data consultancies. Andrea is the first point of contact for clients within the EMEA region that are managing their first international assignments; she also develops relationships with partner companies in EMEA. Andrea’s experience ranges from conducting pricing surveys to managing consulting projects, providing a full understanding of all the issues clients face with cross-border moves. Andrea has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Biological Sciences from Middlesex University.