Sydney named world’s tenth-worst city

The annual Time Out Index has delivered the ultimate insult to Sydney.

Sydney named world’s tenth-worst city

The annual Time Out Index has delivered the ultimate insult to Sydneysiders, naming the capital the tenth-worst city in the world.

The survey of more than 30,000 people from 48 cities around the world took in participants’ attitudes towards food, drink, entertainment, culture, community, neighbourhoods and happiness. It also asked about the city’s aesthetic qualities, as well as affordability and convenience.

New York topped the list, with 91 per cent saying there is always something to do or see in the so-called ‘capital of the world’. The city was also hailed as having the most diversity and the best culture, and ranked highly for eating, drinking, live music and nightlife. It’s second only to Tokyo as one of the cities most people worldwide want to visit in 2019.

new york

Coming in second, Melbourne ranked highly across the board for happiness, creativity, eating and live music. Melbourne is the global capital of live music, with more venues for gigs per capita than any other city on the planet, and more than eight in 10 surveyed said the quality and choice of dining options is unparalleled.

melbourne market

Chicago ranked highest in eating, drinking, fun and happiness but came in at number three overall. Time Out also claims it is the happiest city in the world, with 85 per cent of residents saying they have felt content in the last 24 hours. Chicagoans simply think their city is unbeatable, with 98 per cent saying it is ‘great’.

chicago jazz bar

Londoners are also pretty proud of their city as far as culture, food and live music is concerned. And Brexit be damned, as London is just behind Tokyo and New York as the city most want to visit in 2019.

london cafe

Completing the top five is Los Angeles. Its stereotypically happy and mindful residents describe their city as creative, diverse, dynamic and, thanks to an exciting food scene, LA residents are the most likely to dine out among residents of any US city.

los angeles

But why was Sydney rated so low? Time Out claims the city’s lock-out laws placed them last in the world for nightlife, hurting the city’s overall ranking.

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    30th Mar 2019
    So here we go again.
    Lock out laws? Why do you think we have lock out laws. Its about young men killing each other in the streets when they get tanked and I fail to see this article as the next push to go back to the past.
    Sydney is not a backward city but like the rest of the country foreigners who come here and are fleeced go home and pass the bad news. A few years ago we had good friends from America visit us and the stories they told us of visiting the Great Barrier Reef left me ashamed. Not only did they pay a fortune for the experience but the dilapidated state of the reef meant that they saw little of value. Of course the degradation of the reef in favour of (short term) coal mining is more relevant to the current government funded by dirty coal money so the reef can die.
    The issue is not about Sydney. Its about Australia and greedy unscrupulous tourism operators who are destroying the industry with their behaviour.
    Lets put the blame where it belongs. WE DO NOT NEED TO TAMPER WITH LOCK OUT LAWS just like we do not need to allow private homes to be rented on Airbnb for parties. Both are abhorrent!

    30th Mar 2019
    Utter hogwash! Whoever put Mumbai at #22 most probably has never been there. My home town is Zurich and that did not even get a mention. Sydney people should just treat that survey as the rubbish it is.
    30th Mar 2019
    Sydney is just another over crowded dump full of foreign faces , loved the place once but it is on our no go list.Sydney is on track to being a over crowded slum requiring quality not quantity.
    30th Mar 2019
    What a load of rubbish! How can Delhi rate higher than Sydney? Delhi is one of the most polluted, overcrowded and dirty cities in the world. This surveys utter nonsense

    30th Mar 2019
    Time Out has just confirmed that's it's surveys are rubbish - never depend on them!
    Sydney should be higher than Melbourne (with it's gangs problem and weak police likely to get you any time)! However, that's not the main issue. We Aussies don't mind Melbourne compared to some of the others below.

    It's clearly a pommie-influenced survey mainly London and USA-centric. To put Chicago, the city with a high level of gun crime esp. murders near the top, as well as LA for the same issues, Tel Aviv (can you keep your head down when soldiers engage with terrorists?), Mumbai (where the slums fight for your attention competing with insane traffic), and Delhi (the smog capital of the world) all these above Sydney??????? Clearly insane survey!

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