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Best cities to live in the world for expats, 2020

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Singapore was named the best city in which to live and work abroad, according to the CEOWORLD magazine survey that reveals how expats rate life in cities around the world. Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, took second place to Taipei.

CEOWORLD magazine has ranked the best cities to live in the world for expats based on local friendliness, cost of living, quality of healthcare, safety, ability to raise a family, and career opportunities. Magazine asked 127,000 expats to rank the best cities in the world to live and work in 2020. The survey ranks Singapore as the best city for expats in 2020. The list is based on a survey of 127,000 expats from 186 cities. The survey, conducted by CEOWORLD magazine on Oct 10, 2019, to Jan 2, 2020, was open to all expats over 18 who are currently living away from their home countries. Expats say these are the best cities to live and work.

Best cities to live in the world for expats, 2020

RankCityCountryScoreRatings
1SingaporeSingapore78.2AAA
2TaipeiTaiwan72AAA
3MontrealCanada70.5AAA
4LisbonPortugal70.3AAA
5DubaiUnited Arab Emirates70.1AAA
6Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam69.9AA
7BarcelonaSpain69.8AA
8HagueNetherlands69.8AA
9ZugSwitzerland69.5A
10AachenGermany68.3A
11SydneyAustralia68.2A
12PragueCzech Republic66.9A
13Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates66.8BBB
14BaselSwitzerland66.6BBB
15BudapestHungary66BBB
16Amsterdamthe Netherlands65.8BBB
17Mexico CityMexico65.2BBB
18MadridSpain65BB
19CalgaryCanada64.2BB
20BangkokThailand64BB
21MelbourneAustralia63.9BB
22Panama CityPanama63.4BB
23ManamaBahrain62.6BB
24ChengduChina62.4BB
25ViennaAustria62.2BB
26AucklandNew Zealand62.1BB
27TallinnEstonia62.1B
28TokyoJapan61.3B
29DohaQatar60.7CCC
30Miami FLUS60.4CCC
31Kuala LumpurMalaysia60CCC
32MuscatOman60CC
33BrusselsBelgium59.1CC
34Portland OregonUS59.1CC
35VilniusLithuania59CC

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Ryan Miller
Ryan serves as a senior editor and head of research and data analytics at CEOWORLD magazine. During his five-year tenure at CEOWORLD magazine, he has employed his expertise in data science across several roles. Ryan was previously responsible for data modelling and analytics, as well as secondary research, on the CEOWORLD magazine Custom Research team. Prior to that, Ryan was the ultra-high net worth (UHNW) valuations subject matter expert at CEOWORLD magazine, mentoring research teams in valuations’ techniques, and was involved in product development for ultra high net worth (UHNW) and high net worth (HNW) dossier creation, currently heading research operations in the company’s New York office. Write at ryan@ceoworld.biz