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San Francisco ranks No. 1 in U.S. for quality of life, study says

March 7, 2016

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A new study from human resources consulting firm Mercerhas found that out of 230 metro areas studied, San Francisco has the highest quality of life for any American city.

To create the study, Mercer evaluated 230 metros based on 39 different factors, crunching data for metrics like recreation, consumer goods, natural environment, medical accessibility, public services including transportation, politics, media prevalence and censorship, currency and banking services and a host of others.

Using those metrics, San Francisco came in first in American cities, and 28th worldwide. The top spots internationally were largely in Europe, including Germany and Scandinavia, while the lowest ranked cities were Baghdad, Bagui of the Central African Republic, and Sana'a in Yemen.

Vienna, Austria ranked highest overall globally. San Francisco was ranked well ahead of other U.S. cities like Boston (34th place),Honolulu (35th),Chicago (43rd),New York City (44th) and Los Angeles (49th).

“Heightened domestic and global security threats, population displacement resulting from violence, and social unrest in key business centers around the world are all elements adding to the complex challenge facing multinational companies when analyzing the safety and health of their expatriate workforces,” said Ilya Bonic, senior partner and president of Mercer’s Talent business, in a statement.

Multinational companies need accurate data and objective methods to determine the cost implications of deteriorating living standards and personal safety issues when compensating expatriates,” said Bonic in a statement.

You can see the full list of city rankings here.