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What are the 10 best places to live and work in 2019?

Jan 24, 2019 @ 12:30 AM / by Gerald Abbey


Geneva, Switzerland as seen during an on-site AIRINC cost of living survey. 

Top 10 Most Attractive Cities

Attracting and retaining top talent requires organizations to look across geographic borders. Similarly, individuals need to be geographically mobile to advance their careers. How do companies assess where they can retain their employees and maintain the best talent pool? Where do these employees ideally want to live and work? 

Below are the top 10 ranked cities in AIRINC's Global 150 Index, first published in the Harvard Business Review in 2017. Scroll down to see the list or click here to see the full ranking.


 Ranking: Location:
1 Zurich, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland
Calgary AB, Canada
Munich, Germany
Melbourne, Australia
Toronto ON, Canada
Seattle WA, U.S.A.
New York NY, U.S.A.
10 Houston TX, U.S.A.


If you were free to settle in any city that had the right financial rewards plus a great lifestyle, where would you go? Click below to see the complete ranking and methodology: 

Global 150 City Ranking

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What is the Global 150 Cities Index? 

AIRINC’s Global 150 Cities Index is a ranking of 150 of the top global locations according to the financial and lifestyle benefits they offer. It combines local salary levels, tax rates, living costs, and living conditions to assess how appealing each location is to live in. The data is collected by AIRINC’s own in-house survey team, who continuously research the costs and living conditions of many cities around the world to evaluate international mobility.

In 2017, Harvard Business Review featured the Global 150 Cities Index, highlighting the top cities to live in according to the financial and lifestyle benefits they offer. 

AIRINC: What we do and why we do it

We help our clients address expatriate compensation and mobility issues in a complex global environment through advisory services, data services, and technology solutions, while providing our employees with a culture of teamwork, global knowledge, career growth, and interesting solutions to challenging problems.

We understand that people make an organization successful. We empower companies to deploy global talent by leveraging high quality-data, decision-making tools, and thought-leading advice. Our industry expertise, solutions, and consultative approach enable us to partner with clients to deliver value. Learn more by clicking here.


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Topics: Mobility Policy, Cost of Living Surveys, Cost of living data, AIRINC News, Data and Infographics, Global 150

Gerald Abbey

Written by Gerald Abbey

Gerry currently fills a dual role as a manager of expatriate housing within AIRINC’s Data and Analysis Department and as Social Media Marketing Manager. As a member of the housing team since 2009, Gerry helps train cost of living surveyors in international housing data collection and analysis methodology, and also assists in the quarterly release of housing and utility data for over 500 locations. Due to the ever changing mobility needs of AIRINC’s clients, Gerry is also working with a product development team to enhance AIRINC’s housing tools to better service our clients’ needs. As the managing editor for content, style, and publication of AIRINC’s blog, Gerry is able to cross-connect his wealth of data experience into valuable content for our global professional following. Before joining AIRINC, Gerry spent two years living as an expatriate in Southeast Asia on a Fulbright Scholarship, teaching and researching international instructional methodology.