In a surprising turn of events that may stir up local debates, Sydney has been acclaimed as the topmost place to reside globally while still securing the fifth spot for overall best city, according to a recent global survey.
The survey, conducted by the renowned brand consultancy Brand Finance, ranked Sydney with a score of 77.9 out of 100. The survey encompassed 15,000 global respondents, gathering data based on their ‘perceptions’ of what living in Sydney and other cities would be like.
The survey evaluated various aspects of livability, and the crown of the most ‘desirable’ place worldwide was awarded to Sydney. The city’s extensive natural scenery, captivating beaches, and beautiful harbour played a significant role in this title.
Sydney was also recognized as the second-best city for retirement, a contentious claim considering the city’s property prices, and for its exceptional local and remote work opportunities. Furthermore, Sydney scored third for its splendid weather, omitting last year’s fluctuations, a quality that has been visibly evident in recent weeks.
Adding up these factors, Sydney ranked fifth in the Brand Finance City Index for ‘best city brand’, showcasing the city’s global appeal that sometimes locals may overlook.
Topping the overall city list was London with an impressive score of 84.6, followed by New York City, Paris, Los Angeles, and then Sydney.
Despite the results being perception-based and thus subject to debate, Sydney, with all its imperfections and rental challenges, is, in many ways, a delightful place to call home.
This article is based on the original publication on timeout.com.