2017 Best Cities for Families named

Study reveals the best cities to raise a family, based on factors such as maternity laws, affordability and happiness.

2017 Best Cities for Families named

Real estate portal Homeday have released a study revealing the best cities for families worldwide. After thousands of successful property sales, Homeday learnt through conversing with homebuyers that young families looking to settle down is one of the core engines of the home purchasing industry. They commissioned this study in order to help potential property buyers and sellers make data-led decisions.

To begin research, Homeday first asked hundreds of parents what makes a city great for raising a family. Using the answers, they then determined the main categories to study; city infrastructure, maternity laws, healthcare quality, happiness levels, activities for children, and expert perception. After analysing thousands of cities around the world for data relating to these categories, they then determined the final list of 100 best cities for families. Every city which is featured in this final index has been hand-picked from thousands of possibilities so should be considered an excellent place to raise a family.

Within these main categories, there are 15 factors; Housing, Education System, Safety, Affordability, Unemployment, Pollution, Transportation, Maternity/Paternity Law, Healthcare, Happiness, Kid Friendly Airports, Activities for Kids, Green Spaces, and then we polled 30,000 parenting professionals and journalists for their Expert Perception. These factors were chosen based on what parents confirmed were important when choosing a city to settle in, and give an overview of the best cities for young families to both live and visit around the world. Every city in the final list was analysed for these 15 factors and then awarded a score to determine a final ranking.

“Our real estate agents agree that the ultimate importance for most young families searching for real estate, is a location which is good for their family development.” says Steffen Wicker, Managing Director at Homeday. “For those families trying to decide where to put down roots, they need data-led research more than ever to help them make an informed decision. We hope that this study will make the all-important choice of where to raise a family that bit easier for young movers.”

The table below reveals a sample of the results for the top 20 cities for families:

# City Country Housing Education System Maternity/Paternity Law Healthcare Happiness Activities for Kids Total Score

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1 Copenhagen Denmark 9.73 7.15 8.22 7.91 9.91 8.64 8.43
2 Oslo Norway 9.18 7.15 8.91 7.36 10.00 7.18 8.32
3 Zurich Switzerland 7.91 8.55 2.48 9.91 9.73 5.00 8.20
4 Stockholm Sweden 4.27 7.87 9.31 10.00 8.64 7.64 8.18
5 Hamburg Germany 9.36 8.72 7.13 9.09 7.00 7.55 8.14
6 Vancouver Canada 5.82 9.45 7.63 7.82 9.09 8.55 8.09
7 Basel Switzerland 8.82 7.84 2.48 9.91 9.73 4.05 8.04
8 Toronto Canada 4.09 9.45 7.63 7.82 9.09 8.18 8.01
9 Stuttgart Germany 7.27 8.55 7.13 9.09 7.00 7.45 7.98
10 Munich Germany 5.27 8.77 7.13 9.09 7.00 8.82 7.96
11 Lausanne Switzerland 7.64 8.55 2.48 9.91 9.73 2.73 7.90
12 Vienna Austria 6.64 5.41 9.21 8.36 8.09 9.36 7.76
13 Sydney Australia 4.87 6.89 1.30 7.09 8.64 9.33 7.75
14 Helsinki Finland 4.54 9.17 9.90 7.36 9.27 7.00 7.75
15 Melbourne Australia 5.54 8.24 1.30 7.09 8.64 8.88 7.75
16 Bern Switzerland 8.36 7.85 2.48 9.91 9.73 2.64 7.73
17 Montreal Canada 4.09 9.45 7.63 7.82 9.09 8.91 7.72
18 Brisbane Australia 8.09 6.59 1.30 7.09 8.64 6.64 7.68
19 Auckland New Zealand 4.45 8.01 3.77 8.18 8.82 7.55 7.66
20 Frankfurt Germany 9.18 8.65 7.13 9.09 7.00 9.09 7.61

Further Findings:

• Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ranks first for Housing, followed by Dubai, UAE and Muscat, Oman.
• Hong Kong, China ranks first for Education, followed by Japanese cities Tokyo and Osaka.
• Lausanne, Switzerland ranks first for Safety, followed by Abu Dhabi, UAE and fellow Swiss city Geneva.
• Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ranks first for Affordability (based on PPP), followed by Houston, USA and Hannover, Germany.
• Doha, Qatar ranks first for low Unemployment, followed by BAngkok, Thailand and Beijing, China.
• Reykjavik, Iceland ranks first for Pollution, followed by New Zealand cities Wellington and Auckland.
• Bern, Switzerland ranks first for Transportation, followed by fellow Swiss cities Lausanne and Basel.
• Sofia, Bulgaria ranks first for Maternity/Paternity Laws, followed jointly by Helsinki, Finland and Budapest, Hungary.
• On a national level, Sweden ranks first for Healthcare, while Switzerland and France rank second and third respectively.
• Oslo, Norway ranks first for Happiness, followed by Copenhagen, Denmark and Reykjavik, Iceland.
• Sydney, Australia ranks first for Kid Friendly Airports, followed by Singapore, Singapore and Oslo, Norway.
• Paris, France ranks first for Activities for Kids, followed by Berlin, Germany and Lyon, France.
• Stuttgart, Germany ranks first for Green Spaces, followed by Edinburgh, UK and Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
• The Parents’ Expert Perception poll puts Copenhagen, Denmark first place, followed by Lausanne, Switzerland and Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
• The Professionals’ Expert Perception poll puts Hamburg, Germany first place, followed jointly by Copenhagen, Denmark and Basel, Switzerland.

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