World's Best Cities to Work and Live

Last Updated May 31, 2011 3:10 PM EDT

  • World's Best Cities to Work and Live

    by Kimberly Weisul

    Which cities are the best for employers, professionals and innovators? Which offer a great quality of life and a business-friendly environment? In short, which cities are flourishing and will offer the most opportunities for you to thrive?

    PricewaterhouseCoopers' Cities of Opportunity study crunched the data, examining everything from the number of flights in and out of a city to green space per capita to average classroom size. The result is a list of the top cities in the world.

    Would-be movers (and shakers, no doubt) will notice that the top-ranked cities fall into one of two very different categories: those that have leveraged their historic economic power and cultural heritage to become global juggernauts, and those that are using sustainability and quality of life to attract a new and highly mobile global elite. 

    Whether you're looking to get a new job, start a company, get transferred, or just find the perfect location for your next act, these cities should be at the top of your list.

    To figure out which city holds the most opportunity for you, start here.

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    Kimberly Weisul is the co-founder of One Thing New, the free email newsletter for smart, busy women. She was previously Senior Editor at BusinessWeek, responsible for all coverage of entrepreneurship and for launching BusinessWeek SmallBiz, a bimonthly magazine. She is also a freelance writer, editor and editorial consultant.