The factors evaluated in Mercer's Quality of Living Reports are related to: Recreation, Housing, Economic Environment, Consumer Goods Availability, Public Services and Transport, Political and Social Environment, Natural Environment, Socio-Cultural Environment, School and Education, Medical and Health considerations.
The latest "Quality of Living" rankings by Mercer, ranks Bengaluru at 149 out of a total of 231 cities worldwide.
All U.S. cities fell in the ranking with the exception of NY as crime rates fell in the city.
At the same time, Baghdad ranked 231st as the city with the worst quality of living. Auckland, Munich, and Vancouver - the highest ranking North American city for the last decade - came in joint third.
Mercer said Caracas "saw living standards drop following significant political and economic instability". Helsinki, Finland, and Basel, Bern, and Zürich all in Switzerland follow in joint second.
Over in Asia, Singapore has the highest quality of living, followed by five Japanese cities: Tokyo (#49), Kobe (#49), Yokohama (#55), Osaka (#58), and Nagoya (#62).
The cities were assessed by the level of internal stability, crime, the position of the law enforcement agencies, restriction of personal freedom. The Middle East's safest cities are Dubai (73) and Abu Dhabi (73). Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, and Sanaa in Yemen were 230th and 229th respectively. Gambia's progress toward a democratic political system and improved global relations and human rights meant that Banjul (179) had the most improved quality of living in Africa, but also in the world, rising six places this year.