Phoenix, Arizona, home to Google, Facebook, and many other tech giants, is the latest city to be named one of the world’s best places to live, according to a list released Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The ranking, published by the International Council for Economic Research, also says the U.S. is the world leader in jobs creation.
The rankings are based on a variety of metrics, including economic health, health care and infrastructure, education, technology, and the quality of life of residents.
They also take into account a city’s job market and its residents’ willingness to relocate, and whether it’s affordable.
For the first time in its history, the rankings will be published in English.
The U.K., France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, and Taiwan also made the cut, along with the United Arab Emirates, China, and Indonesia.
The rankings were published online Wednesday by OER, an international research and policy organization.
The rankings, based on data from OECD, include rankings for the cities with the highest average annual growth in the number of jobs, the lowest joblessness, and highest levels of innovation.
The report will be released by the organization’s World Economic Forum in January.
At the top of the list are Singapore and Los Angeles, both of which boast the highest jobless rate among OECD countries, at 5.1 percent.
In second place is Beijing, with 4.9 percent joblessness and the lowest growth rate among cities.
In third place are Shanghai and the Uighur-majority Xinjiang region of northwest China, which has one of China’s highest levels, 7.2 percent jobless, followed by Istanbul, where 3.8 percent unemployment is the highest.
“The U.L.A. and Singapore cities are among the best places in the world to live,” OER chief economist John Quiggin said in a statement.
“They have excellent education systems, a highly educated workforce, and an increasingly vibrant economy.
All three cities are also among the world leaders in innovation and innovation-driven job creation.”
“We are excited to see these rankings,” OESD CEO John Hickey said in the statement.
Phoenix, the largest U.Y.C. city, is ranked fifth in the UESC rankings, which have been published annually since 2000.
New York City is ranked third, followed closely by Washington, D.C., followed by Paris, London, and Frankfurt.
The top 10 is comprised of seven U.N. member nations: China, India and Brazil, followed at the bottom by the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.
Other rankings from OESR include the number and percentage of people living in poverty, a measure of economic inequality, the health of public transportation, and how well cities are managing pollution.