The new Global Liveability Index for 2022 has been revealed, which assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.
And Manchester has made the top 30 cities worldwide, with an overall score of 91.3 – ahead of London, with 89.9.
It means Manchester ranks 28th on the list, with London at 33.
Manchester is also one of the biggest movers up the ranking in the past 12 months, says the study by The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU).
Western European and Canadian cities dominate the top of the list.
Vienna (Austria) tops the rankings in 2022, as it did in 2019 and 2018.
Copenhagen (Denmark) has moved up 13 places from its position 12 months ago, to second, and Zurich (Switzerland) now shares third place with Calgary (Canada), which has risen from 18th position
For the study, which ranks 173 cities, every city is assigned a rating for relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
Each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable.
For qualitative indicators, a rating is awarded based on the judgment of the EIU’s team of expert analysts and in-city contributors. For quantitative indicators, a rating is calculated based on the relative performance of a number of external data points.
The scores are then compiled and weighted to provide a score in the range 1-100, where 1 is considered intolerable and 100 is considered ideal.
The liveability rating is provided both as an overall score and as a score for each category.
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected living conditions in many cities, says the study, owing to its impact on the healthcare infrastructure, and restrictions and lockdown measures imposed by governments, which have put the healthcare, culture and environment, and education categories under stress.
The impact of the pandemic has been incorporated into the overall liveability score, with the introduction of new indicators to assess these stress and restriction levels for each city.
“I’m proud that Manchester is the highest ranked UK city,” said Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig.
“It’s great to see this respected survey recognise we already know – that Manchester is a great place to be: a vibrant, creative, energetic and ambitious city that puts residents at its heart.
“But Manchester’s ambition doesn’t stop there. We are determined to become a top-flight world city and this analysis suggests we are making strong progress.
“This is a brilliant city to live in, work in or visit but our goal is to make it even better – an exciting and innovative place where everyone can thrive and share in that success.
“We are proudly taking our place on a world stage and will strive to improve further.”