The Time Out City Life Index 2018

We quizzed 15,000 people to rank the most exciting cities in the world. Discover the results of our huge global survey

Time Out City Life Index

What’s life like in the city today? What are city-dwellers around the world feeling, thinking, eating, drinking, and doing for fun? And which are the most exciting cities for living life to the full? We’ve got the answers, thanks to the Time Out City Life Index: our huge, anonymous survey of urbanites all over the planet.

We collaborated with Tapestry Research to survey 15,000 people in 32 cities: London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, Porto, Berlin, Zurich, Istanbul, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San FranciscoMiami, Philadelphia, Austin, Washington, DC, BostonMexico City, Tel AvivDubai, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai and Bangkok. Here’s what we discovered.

Time Out City Life Index 2018

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