Valencia, the best city in the world to live in

Valencia best city in the wold to live in

Valencia ranks as the best city in the world to live according to expatriates. It is followed by Dubai, Mexico or Lisbon. Among the main reasons are its quality of life, security, leisure opportunities, the affordable price of the public transport system or the gastronomy.

We want to tell you everything about this ranking! Read on to find out why Valencia has been named as the best city in the world to live in and all the factors that make it so special.

Valencia, best city in the world to live

As every year, InterNations, the biggest expat community, launches its ranking of the best and worst cities in the world to live in. The Expat City Ranking 2022, a list of 50 cities where different aspects of the personal experiences, both positive and negative, of foreign people living in another city are reflected. This report compiles factors such as quality of life, personal finances, the ease of socializing or settling in, security and work, among others.


Valencia has managed to occupy the number one position as the best city in Europe to live in 2022. In addition to occupying first place in the general ranking of the 50 best cities to live in, the capital of Turia also leads the first positions in the five subcategories of the list of places with higher quality of life index.


Thinking of moving to another country? Are you a digital nomad and planning your next destination? Whatever your situation is, Valencia is your place!

Better quality of life Index

The quality of life index of the cities classified in the Expat City Ranking includes 21 classification factors in five subcategories: travel and transit, health and well-being, environment and climate, leisure options, and lastly, security and protection. Each respondent rated each subcategory on a scale from one (very bad) to seven (very good).

Let’s see what place Valencia occupies in each of these subcategories and why:

Travel and public transport

The Valencian capital is located in the third position within the travel and transit subcategory. Expatriates mainly highlight the easy access to public transport, as well as the ease of travel, unlike other countries in the world.

Health & Wellness

According to international interviewees, another one of the benefits of the Valencian territory is its medical care, it is easier to pay than in other cities worldwide. In addition, they also highlight its quality and its accessibility. Valencia has also been considered one of the healthiest cities in the world due to its high life expectancy.

Environment and climate

Expatriates also benefit from the climate and an unbeatable natural environment. In fact, the European Commission has announced that Valencia will be the European Green Capital in 2024. Its green spaces make it ideal for walking or cycling along its extensive bike path, present throughout the urban environment. This factor places Valencia in sixth position.

Leisure options

The social activity of the city is another one of the factors that expatriates highlight the most. Valencia offers a large variety of plans, no matter what your taste and budget. All its leisure options place Valencia in 5th position.

Protection and security

Personal safety is one of the factors most valued by anyone, regardless of their origin. 92% of expatriates rate Valencia positively in this aspect compared to other cities in the world. The crime rate in Valencia is low and its lifestyle is relaxed and safe.

Best city for expats

Do you still have doubts about which is the best city in the world to live in? For people from abroad, it becomes very easy to feel “at home” when it comes to Valencia. It is very easy to adapt to this city and its lifestyle. In addition, it has the advantage of having the perfect size. You are able to move easily and reach any destination in just a few minutes.


Other strong points recognized by those surveyed in the Expat City Ranking 2022 are the cost of living and the privileged climate. While, on the contrary, the possibilities of finding a job and professional development occupy the last place in the factors by which the survey is classified.


Now that you know all the reasons why the capital of Turia has been considered the best city in the world to live in, what are you waiting for? Come and visit Valencia! At HQ Rooms we have the best apartments in Valencia. You will find two, three and four rooms apartments with a terrace or a balcony. You can find us in the center, specifically in the Arrancapins neighborhood. We are waiting for you!

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