New York is the greatest city in the world. For our money, that fact is set in stone. But because we’re biased (and, fine, a little smug), we asked people from 32 Time Out cities across the globe—from Melbourne and Moscow to Los Angeles—to tell us how they really feel about where they live. More than 15,000 folks voiced opinions on their metropolis’s food scene, neighborhoods, public transportation, livability and much more. So how does NYC stack up? Turns out, compared to the rest of the world, New York is pretty great—we rank as the third best city to live in. Chicago took the top honors (agree to disagree, Second City), followed by Porto, Portugal. No matter what, we learned a whole lot about the good, the bad and the ugly of our nearly 9 million–strong hometown. (It’s not just in your head: It really does suck to date here.) Read on for more fascinating and surprising details about the city that never sleeps. (That’s true, too: 49 percent of us feel sleep-deprived right now, but we’re the best city in the world for nightlife!) Hungry for more of locals’ favorite haunts? Check out the best restaurants in NYC, best bars in NYC and the top New York attractions.
RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the City Life Index 2018