Valencia is the best city in the world

InterNations, the world’s largest expat community, has just released its Expat City Ranking 2022, a report on the best and worst places to live. The list ranked 50 cities and reflected how happy (and unhappy) expats have been living and working abroad in the past year.

In the new list, Valencia has achieved first place, which makes it the best city in the world to live. Dubai ranks second on the list, while Mexico City, third. Rounding out the list of the top 10 cities in the world for expats to live: Lisbon, Madrid, Bangkok, Basel, Melbourne, Abu Dhabi and Singapore.

Looking at the world’s 20 best places to live, two US cities have made the cut: Miami comes in at 12th, closely followed by New York City at 16th.

At the bottom of the list is Johannesburg, at 50th. Frankfurt ranked 49th, followed by Paris at 48th. Istanbul, Hong Kong, Hamburg, Milan, Vancouver, Tokyo and Rome round out the list of the world’s worst cities to live.

According to InterNations, Valencia, the best city in the world to live, not only tops the overall list, but also ranks number one for quality of life. Expats value the city’s affordable public transportation, recreational sports opportunities, and safety. Valencia also did well for ease of settling in, while expats say they felt at home and expressed happiness with their social life.

That’s not all: Valencia also ranks third in personal finance, and first in cost of living. The areas in which Valencia did not do well: the index of working outside (where it ranked 41 out of 50) and the index of job prospects (where it ranked last).