The Best Cities in the World for 2023, According to a Recent Study

These Are the Best Cities in the World for 2023

Find out why this list offers a holistic look through different factors!

Are you finding yourself in a dilemma when planning your year-end overseas trip? We don’t blame you! There are so many great destinations to visit around the world. To aid you in your endeavour, Resonance Consultancy, a consultancy group in real estate, tourism, and economic development, just released its list of the best cities in the world for 2023. 

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How the best cities in the world were ranked


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Unlike most best-of lists which rely heavily on data, Resonance’s annual ranking considers a combination of many different factors. This results in a list that provides a holistic look at the world’s best cities. According to Chris Fair, president and CEO of Resonance Consultancy, “It’s not just best city to live, it’s not just best city to work, or best city to visit. It’s taking a cross-section of those factors.” 

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Resonance Consultancy evaluates its list of the best cities based on the following criteria:

  • Place: Weather, safety, sights, and landmarks 
  • People: Educational attainment and percentage of citizens in the labour force
  • Programming: Experiences offered in areas of culture, nightlife, dining, and shopping
  • Product: Infrastructure and institutions
  • Prosperity: Number of Global 500 corporate headquarters in the city, GDP per capita, income equality index, and the unemployment rate
  • Promotion: Online popularity

Ranking the best cities

  1. London, England
  2. Paris, France
  3. New York City, United States
  4. Tokyo, Japan
  5. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  6. Barcelona, Spain
  7. Rome, Italy
  8. Madrid, Spain
  9. Singapore
  10. Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Despite going through a difficult year, London managed to clinch the top spot due to its rich culture and bustling nightlife. Other popular cities like New York City and Dubai retained their place on the list. Asia has representation as well, with Singapore and Tokyo earning a spot. According to Resonance, Singapore deserves top spots for its “famous hawker stall street food, its garden-like airport terminal, and the reopened Raffles Singapore Hotel.”

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In a time of rapid global change, this list is more than just a ranking of the most liveable cities in the world. Instead, it reflects the ever-changing preferences of travellers. So be sure to keep your eye on the best cities in the world for 2023 when planning your next trip overseas!

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Cheng Yang can often be found in his natural habitat — in his bed with a cup of coffee and a science-fiction novel. With his undying love for jazz music and old movies, he likes to think of himself as a bit of a hippie. When he's not busy with work or school, he spends his free time playing the guitar or practising calligraphy.