The 40 Best Cities On Earth

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Knight Frank and Citi have put together a rankings of the world’s best cities to live in, and have provided a truly global hit list of where you should consider moving to next.

The cities are ranked over a variety of categories, including economic activity, political power, influence, and quality of life.

In the end, here are the 40 that really matter and should be on your must visit list in the near term (although maybe not number 18, Bangkok).

40: Johannesburg

Johannesburg remained ranked 40th for the second year in a row.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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39: Mumbai

Mumbai's rating was driven by its scores for quality of life and economic activity.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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38: Jakarta

Jakarta received only 1 point for its quality of life rating.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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37: Rio De Janeiro

Rio remained ranked 37th.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

36: New Delhi

New Delhi fell 4 spots from its 2009 ranking.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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35: Bogota

Bogota fell 2 spots on its 2009 ranking.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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34: Kuala Lumpur

KL gained 4 spots on its 2009 rankings.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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33: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv gained 2 spots on its 2009 rankings.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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32: Boston

Boston gained 3 spots on its 2009 rankings.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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31: Dubai

Dubai lost 7 spots on its 2009 ranking.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

30: Milan

Milan gained one spot on its 2009 rankings.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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29: Miami

Miami remained ranked 29th.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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28: Cairo

Cairo gained two spots on its 2009 rankings.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

27: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires did not move from its 2009 position on the list.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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26: Munich

Munich has the 8th best quality of life in the world.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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25: Istanbul

Istanbul was a big loser, falling 6 places over its 2009 rankings.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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24: Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo did not budge from its 2009 ranking.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

23: Taipei

Taipei moved up 3 positions in 2010 over 2009.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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22: Moscow

Moscow fell five places from its 2009 rankings.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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21: Mexico City

Mexico City is also a big loser from the 2009 list, falling 7 spots.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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20: Zurich

Zurich ranks 7th in the world for quality of life.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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19: Shanghai

Shanghai ranks 7th in the world for economic activity.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

18: Bangkok

Bangkok fell 7 spots in 2010 from its 2009 ranking.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

17: San Francisco

San Francisco has fallen from its 2009 position 1 place.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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16: Sydney

Sydney moved up three positions of the previous years ranking.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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15: Frankfurt

Frankfurt is ranked 4th in the world for quality of life, but does not make any other top 10 lists.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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14: Hong Kong

Hong Kong ranks 3rd in knowledge and influence, and 6th for economic activity.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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13: Seoul

Seoul ranks 9th in the world for economic activity.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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12: Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is ranked number 1 for political power.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

11: Chicago

Oddly, Chicago does not make the top 10 cities for economic activity.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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10: Toronto

Toronto ranks 3rd in terms of quality of life.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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9: Beijing

Beijing ranks 4th for political power.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

8: Berlin

Berlin is ranked 2nd for quality of life.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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7: Singapore

Singapore is ranked 5th for economic activity and 7th for knowledge and influence.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

6: Brussels

Brussels is ranked 3rd in terms of political power.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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5: Los Angeles

Los Angeles is ranked 10th for quality of life and economic activity.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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4: Tokyo

Tokyo is ranked 5th for both quality of life and knowledge and influence.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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3: Paris

Paris is ranked number 1 for quality of life.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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2: London

London is ranked number 2 for both economic activity and knowledge and influence, but 6th for quality of life.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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1: New York

New York was ranked number 1 for both economic activity and knowledge and influence.

Source: 2010 Wealth Report by Citi and Knight Frank

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