Europe's most satisfied cities?

Wed, 2014-07-30 06:00 -- SCC Staff

An interesting look at how satisfied residents of 79 European cities are about various aspects of their lives is revealed in an interactive data blog on The Guardian website. It's based on a report just released by the Office for National Statistics and supported by the European Commission. Roughly 49,000 people were asked their opinions on a laundry list of topics, from education and housing to noise levels, air quality and healthcare among others.

As The Guardian puts it, Reykjavik, Iceland is the "golden child" of city satisfaction. It came out on top of all 79 cities in overall rankings.

At the other end of the list, Athens, Greece may have the least satisfied residents overall. As The Guardian states: "Greece's capital ranks lowest not only in citizen's general contentment with their city but also specifically for perceptions of safety, public space, health services, schools, and, perhaps predictably, household finances. The huge rise in youth unemployment and the slow economic recovery have obviously taken their toll on the citizens of Athens, a city whose problems were simmering even before the 2008 crash."

Here's a snapshot of some of the other satisfaction ratings:

    • Air: Rostock, Germany most satisfied; Ostrava, Czech Republic least satisfied
    • Education: Braga, Portugal and Groningen, Netherlands tied for most satisfied; Athens, Green least satisfied
    • Employment: Oslo, Norway most satisfied; Palermo, Italy least satisfied
    • Housing: Oviedo, Spain most satisfied; Geneva, Switzerland least satisfied
    • Safety: Munich, Germany most satisfied; Athens, Greece least satisfied
    • Streets and buildings: Zurich, Switzerland most satisfied; Naples, Italy least satisfied

You can see how all of the cities fared in all of the categories here.

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