The World Best Cities 2021 ranking, prepared by Resonance Consultancy from a combination of statistical data and reviews generated by users of Google, Facebook or Instagram, places Barcelona and Madrid among the 10 best cities in the world to live and work in. Barcelona is in eighth place and the Spanish capital, Madrid gains 2 positions and comes tenth in this list of the best cities to live and work in the world in 2021.
The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has affected tourism, the hotel industry, commerce and leisure. This means that large cities that benefit from these sectors to make their destinations more attractive for residence or travel have been considerably affected. In spite of this, Barcelona and Madrid hold their place in this prestigious selection of the best places to live in the world in 2021, and continue to be popular due to their high quality of life, cost of living and good places for moving abroad with a family.
In this reference index, Barcelona stands out especially in sections such as promotion on the Internet (7th), urban quality (9th) and cultural programming (11th). Those responsible for this report, who are planning to hold their annual summit at the Fira trade fair organisation facilities in Barcelona at the end of April, also highlight the fact that 10 startups based in Barcelona have consolidated and even grown during these recent months of crisis. These 10 companies are Mediquo, Factorial, Payflow, Holded, Landbot.io, Amenitiz, Learnlife, Tradler, Remy Robotics and Hubtype.
In spite of Brexit, London is placed at the top of the best cities in the world for the fifth consecutive year, meaning that the British capital has always been at the top since the creation of this particular ranking. London stands out mainly for its fresh and breathable open air, its landscapes and open spaces, and its cultural promotion and programming. The full top 10 of the best cities to live and work in the world in 2021 includes London, New York, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Dubai, Singapore, Barcelona, Los Angeles and Madrid.