And it seems the world agrees – with Wellington topping the rankings in a new report about where you can find the best quality of life in the world.
The capital has beat competition from major global cities, including Sydney and Melbourne, New York, London – and Auckland – to score the top ranking in the report by the Deutsche Bank in Germany.
Scottish city Edinburgh – often compared to Wellington for its seaside vibe, walk-ability and, ahem, weather – rated the second best city.
The capital might not have the sweltering hot summers, luxury fashion shopping meccas, or centuries-old architecture of many globally desirable cities.
But its residents’ purchasing power, the city’s low crime rate and pollution, healthcare options, cost of living, house prices, commuting time, and climate puts Wellington in top, according to the survey.
The fact the city is so compact is a major plus.
WORLD CLASS CITIES
1. Wellington, New Zealand
2. Edinburgh, Scotland
3. Vienna, Austria
4. Melbourne, Australia
5. Zurich, Switzerland
6. Copenhagen, Denmark
7. Ottawa, Canada
8. Boston, United States
9. Amsterdam, Netherlands
10. Sydney, Australia
I love both Vienna and Edinburgh. Could happily live in either place. Just visited Copenhagen in March and also very pleasant. Boston is a great city also.