Berlin named as top global city for millennials to live, work and travel

by Ray Clancy on March 2, 2018

Berlin is the best city in the world for millennials to live, work and travel thanks to a thriving start-up scene, world renowned nightlife scene and open attitude to different sexualities, according to a new survey.

Montreal comes second and overall Canada is named as the top country for millennials with three cities, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver all in the top 10 cities ranking.


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In third place is London, followed by Amsterdam, Toronto, Vancouver, Barcelona, New York, Cologne and Manchester making up the top 10. Paris comes in at 15 and Munich at 17.

The research from furnished apartment search engine Nestpick, which covers 110 cities, is based on 17 factors such as start-up ecosystem, housing affordability, immigration tolerance, quality of nightlife, universities and personal freedoms.

‘Millennials grew up in a shrinking world, where the internet opened doors their parents never could have dreamed of, and budget airlines made those avenues real possibilities. It’s now possible to live and work anywhere in the world, and these opportunities are shaping how our planet will look to future generations,’ said Ömer Kücükdere, managing director of Nestpick.

‘We must learn to adapt to the needs of younger people in order to have a thriving economy, and we believe that this ranking offers valuable insights to those cities looking for regeneration from a younger demographic,’ he added.

The results also indicate which city would be best for a young person based on their strongest interest. For essentials the top city is Seoul, followed by Taipei and then Bangkok. For business the top city is San Francisco, followed by New York and Kuala Lumpur. When it comes to openness Helsinki comes out top with Toronto in second place and Vancouver in third place. In the recreation category top is Buenos Aires, then Berlin and Barcelona in third place.

Beijing ranks highest for employment, followed by San Francisco and Austin while New York is top for start-ups, followed by San Francisco and London. Hong Kong takes the top spot for tourism, then Bangkok and London.

When it comes to housing Guadalajara in Mexico has the highest score, followed by Monterrey, also in Mexico and then Medellín in Colombia. Bangkok ranks number one for food, followed by Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Lima in Peru.

Norway has the highest score for Transport, then Washington D.C. and Paris while the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Osaka rank joint highest for health, followed by Singapore, Singapore. Seoul has the highest score for internet speed, followed by Bergen in Norway and Denver in the US. London ranks highest for universities, followed by Paris, France and Seoul, South Korea.

When it comes to countries, Norway ranks highest for gender equality, followed by Finland and Sweden and New Zealand ranks highest for immigration tolerance, followed by Canada and Norway.

Amsterdam in the Netherlands has the highest score for personal freedom and choice, followed by Oslo in Norway and Helsinki in Finland while Madrid in Spain ranks highest for LGBT friendliness, followed by Amsterdam and Toronto and Berlin is top for nightlife, followed by Paris and Melbourne. Beijing is top for beer prices, followed by the Colombian cities Medellín and Bogotá.

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