Rabat – The New York-based human resources consulting firm, Mercer, featured Rabat and Casablanca in its annual list of the cities with the best quality of life for the third year in a row.
Rabat comes in 117th this year, one placement behind last year’s ranking. Casablanca maintained its ranking at 124th.
In North Africa, the cities of Tunis and Algiers maintained their position at 114th and 184th respectively.
The city of Vienna, Austria topped the list, followed by Zurich Switzerland and Auckland, New Zealand.
Munich of Germany ranks the fourth, with Vancouver, Canada taking the fifth.
The Mercer firm ranking is based on 39 criteria, including crime rate, infrastructure, access to safe drinking water, and accessibility to public transport. Two hundred and thirty-one cities annually make the list, which is used to determine expatriate allocations.
To classify these cities according to their quality of life, the firm carries out a “comparison of the index of quality of life from one city to another,” according to Mercer. Subsequently, Mercer ranks its selected cities based on a “score summarizing the differences in quality of life in accordance to its criteria.”