World’s best cities revealed

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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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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Here’s the full list of 48 cities:

1. New York

2. Melbourne

3. Chicago

4. London

5. Los Angeles

6. Montreal

7. Berlin

8. Glasgow

9. Paris

10. Tokyo

11. Madrid

12. Cape Town

13. Las Vegas

14. Mexico City

15. Manchester

16. Philadelphia

17. Barcelona

18. Buenos Aires

19. Lisbon

20. Washington D.C.

21. Tel Aviv

22. Mumbai

23. Toronto

24. Birmingham

25. Dublin

26. São Paulo

27. Miami

28. Porto

29. Singapore

30. Edinburgh

31. San Francisco

32. Dubai

33. Munich

34. Vienna

35. Shanghai

36. Moscow

37. Delhi

38. Seattle

39. Sydney

40. Abu Dhabi

41. Hong Kong

42. Boston

43. Rio de Janeiro

44. Marseilles

45. Bangkok

46. Kuala Lumpur

47. Beijing

48. Istanbul

Do you think these rankings are fair? Can you believe that Sydney has worse nightlife than countries such as Delhi or Istanbul? Why do you think Sydney scored so low?

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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