The Best Cities to Relocate to Around the World, According to a New Study

The work will now take place from Mar 10 to Jun 10, 2022, forcing a daily eight-hour halt on flight operations from 12 am Bangladesh time during that period, the airport authorities announced on Monday. The authorities will build a high-speed taxiway during the repair work, according to a notice sent to airline companies. They made the previous announcement on Nov 10, just as air traffic returned to normal after more than a year of pandemic-induced disruptions at the only international airport in the capital. The development drew mixed reactions from stakeholders who recognised the importance of renovating the runways but believe the work could have been done at the beginning of the pandemic when flight services were suspended. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, air travel has been restricted around the world as most commercial carriers were grounded, with only cargo flights remaining in operation. The situation was no different in Bangladesh but a year and a half into the pandemic, most international flight routes are now open. According to airport officials, the busiest time for international flights is between 12 am and 8 am.
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The pandemic has heightened our appreciation for where we live, with many reconsidering their hometowns. Coupled with the flexibility of remote work and international borders slowly opening up, now might be the time to consider that relocation you’ve long dreamed of. To determine the ideal places to call home, U.K. finance site money.co.uk studied the best cities to move around the world in its Relocation Report, released this week.

Austin came in first, thanks in part to its average temperature of 68.7 degrees and average monthly salary of £3,984 (or $5,378), as well as its internet speed of 87.5 Mbps. Next up was the most populous city in the world, Tokyo, for its plethora of restaurants and parks, as well as its high life expectancy at age 84. Charleston landed in third place, also noted for its lightning fast internet speed of 106.5 Mbps — the fastest of any city on the list — and average monthly salary of £3,147 (or $4,248).

Rounding out the top 20 list was Dubai in fourth, followed by Los Angeles; Abu Dhabi; Miami; Muscat, Oman; San FranciscoLas Vegas; Manama, Bahrain; Doha; Washington, D.C.IstanbulBangkok; São Paulo; Chicago; Alicante, Spain; Valencia, Spain; and Cape Town. Other American cities on the list included New York City (in 21st place) and Boston (in 67th).

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To arrive at the results, the company narrowed down cities to a list of 84 major places with significant data in various categories, including gathering weather stats from climate-data.org, property prices from Numbeo, green spaces and restaurants from Tripadvisor, life expectancy from The World Bank and internet speeds from Bandwidth Place.

The study also looked at the most expensive cities to relocate, with a trio of Swiss destinations costing the highest. Basel was in first, where the annual cost of living averages £53,748 (or about $72,573); followed by Zurich, where it’s £53,458 (or about $72,181); and Lausanne, where it’s £51,648 (or about $69,745). On the other end of the scale, Istanbul was the most affordable, with an annual cost of living of £12,753 (or about $17,221), followed by Buenos Aires at £13,802 (or about $18,638) and Kuala Lumpur at £15,240 (or about $20,577).

If warm weather is top of mind, the Middle East beckons, with Dubai in first boasting an average of 82.8 degrees Fahrenheit and only 68 millimeters of rainfall, trailed by Abu Dhabi, which has an average temperature of 82.2 degrees with 42 millimeters of rain. The region is also the best for those looking to be near the shore, with Doha in first, Abu Dhabi in second, and Dubai in third for best coastal cities.

While these cities may top this study, other incentives may also help sway the decision, like cities that are willing to pay its new residents for moving there.