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Take the Time Out Index survey and tell us what life is like in your city

As the world starts to emerge from a strange and awful year, our global survey of city-dwellers is back – and we want to hear from you!

Written by
James Manning

It hasn’t exactly been a glorious year for cities and the people who call them home.  We’ve looked on through our windows and our screens as all the things that make city life brilliant were put on hold. Restaurants, bars, clubs, live music, theatre, art, friendship, dating, even public transport: in all but a handful of countries, it’s all been damaged, dented and, in some places, totally destroyed. And wow, have we missed it.

But now things are hesitantly looking up. Cases are on the decline worldwide. Vaccine rollouts are bringing hope. Even in the hardest-hit countries, optimism is starting to bloom. And with this week bringing what we’re calling the Pandemiversary, we’re putting the past year behind us, taking stock and looking to the future. And we need your help.

For the past few years, we’ve been asking city-dwellers around the world searching questions about their lives. What are they feeling, thinking, eating, drinking, and doing for fun? And which are the best cities for living life to the full? We’ve found the answers in the Time Out Index: our huge, anonymous survey of urbanites all over the planet.

This year, we’re doing it all again – and we need the kind of info that we can only get from locals like you. Take our fun quiz (it takes less than ten minutes) and tell us how things are right now in your city, whether that’s good, bad, locked-down or looking up. You’ll be helping us pinpoint what makes city life great as the world emerges, still a bit wobbly, into what we’re hoping is a bright new era. Ready? We can’t wait to hear from you.

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