The best cities in the world to raise a family: Madrid makes the top 20

Living in Madrid for families
Living in Madrid for families / Photo by Javier Martinez on Unsplash
12 April 2021, Redaction

Madrid is one of the best cities in the world to raise a family, according to a study by the British insurance company CIA Landlord. To reach this conclusion, it has compared all kinds of variables, such as standard of living, crime rate, number of schools, number of outdoor activities available, how much it costs to rent a property or the cost of basic services. Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is the top-ranked city, followed by Lisbon and Wellington.

After the capitals of Portugal and New Zealand and completing the top 10 cities in the ranking are Tallinn (Slovenia), Helsinki (Finland), Ottawa (Canada), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Vienna (Austria), Tokyo (Japan) and Canberra (Australia).

To find the Spanish capital, Madrid, you have to go down to 16th place in the ranking, just behind Brastislava (Slovakia) and bettering the overall score of cities such as Stockholm (Sweden) or Berlin (Germany). Madrid also beats Warsaw (Poland) and Bogotá (Colombia), although it ranks worse than Athens (Greece), Budapest (Hungary), Oslo (Norway) and Santiago (Chile).

In the specific case of Madrid, the British consultancy company gives the Spanish capital a score of 147.93 in the quality of life category. The crime rate in Madrid is also one of the lowest (with a crime rate index of 29.91 out of 100) of the countries in the top 20. Another point to note is that in the Spanish capital there are 1,011 attractions, 130 outdoor activities and 47 highly rated local schools within the city. 

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