By Grace Vasquez

For the second time in a row, Chicago was ranked the no. 1 all-around best city to live in, according to Time Out. Hmm, really?


Time Out’s City Index explores six key characters that they asked their readers to rate their city on:

  • Dynamism: How vibrant and exciting life there feels.
  • Inspiration: Whether the city feels like a pleasant or difficult place to live.
  • Food and drink: If the city is somewhere you can eat and drink well without breaking the bank.
  • Community: Whether local neighborhoods were rated highly.
  • Sociability: Whether the city felt welcoming or isolating.
  • Affordability: Whether people could generally get by OK.

From Austin to Tel Aviv, Time Out surveyed 15,000 people in 32 cities. Chicagoans ranked their city high in the food and drink category as a new restaurant opens up almost daily in the city and Chicagoans are notorious for eating out. And while it isn’t cheap to live in Chicago, residents cite affordability in sync with their lifestyle. So, no mention I guess of the high crime rate huh? According to FBI stats, Chicago is on pace for nearly 700 and a decrease in the homicide rate by 2.2 per 100,000 residents. Am I hating now? Yeah, I’ll stop.

Chicagoans are proud of their city in fact they are well aware of their down falls like the weather “Despite our sub-zero winters, 89 percent of city-dwellers feel happy overall, making us one of the most content populations in the country,” the site stated.

You know these cities sound like places I’d like to visit but not sure I’d like to live there. I’ll stick to living near Oviedo….Florida, not Spain.  ~grace

The top 10 on the list:

  1. Chicago
  2. Porto (in Portugal)
  3. New York
  4. Melbourne
  5. London
  6. Madrid
  7. Manchester
  8. Lisbon
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Barcelona

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