CNN: New York named world’s most exciting city

13th March 2019
Tamara Hardingham-Gill

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New York has been named the most exciting city in the world right now.

The Big Apple came out on top in an annual index by global magazine Time Out, beating off competition from the likes of Chicago, Los Angeles, Melbourne and London.

Based on surveys of more than 34,000 people in 48 different cities across the globe, the Time Out Index 2019 also indicated that New York was the city most people wanted to visit this year.

New York is the city most people want to visit in 2019, according to the Time Out Index. Lukas Kloeppel

NYC’s high ranking was attributed to its diversity and culture, as well as its world-class restaurant and art scene, with 91% of those surveyed agreeing that there’s always something to see or do in the city that never sleeps.

Melbourne, which came in second place, scored most highly when it came to happiness, creativity, eating and live music, while third place Chicago was home to the happiest residents, with 85% revealing they have felt content in the past 24 hours.

Berlin, seventh on the list, boasted more vegans than any other city, with 8% following a plant-based diet.

And while Paris was only named the ninth most exciting city right now, it seems its residents are the most active in the bedroom.

Parisians revealed they are having sex up to 33 times a year — more than any other city on the list.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the French capital was also the most sleep-deprived city, with 66% of those surveyed admitting to the last 24 hours.

Chicago was the city with the happiest residents.
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Meanwhile the UK’s Manchester (15th) was home to the largest number of drinkers, but the residents of Madrid spent the most time in bars, visiting up to 44 times a year.

“Time Out has been helping people explore and enjoy the best of the city since 1968, starting in London and now curating the best of 315 cities,” James Manning, Global Projects Editor of Time Out.

“The Time Out Index lets us understand what makes the world’s greatest cities tick right now.

“The cities at the top of our list are centers of diversity, diversion and dissent dotted across the world: places where anything can (and does) happen, where new ideas, delicious food and world class art and entertainment are born every day, and where people from all corners can come together with a shared civic identity.”

Greatest cities

The French capital is the most sleep-deprived city in the world.
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“Every single one of these cities should be on your travel bucket list for 2019.”

Conducted by Tapestry Research, on behalf of Time Out in February 2019, the Time Out Index saw participants questioned on a variety of viewpoints of city life.

These results were coupled with insights from Time Out’s global network of local editors and experts and put through a scoring system in which factors such as food, drink, culture, sociability, happiness, attractiveness to visitors were taken into account.

Time Out Index 2019 — 48 best cities in the world

  1. New York
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Chicago, Illinois
  4. London, United Kingdom
  5. Los Angeles, California
  6. Montreal, Canada
  7. Berlin, Germany
  8. Glasgow, Scotland
  9. Paris, France
  10. Tokyo, Japan
  11. Madrid, Spain
  12. Cape Town, South Africa
  13. Las Vegas, Nevada
  14. Mexico City, Mexico
  15. Manchester, United Kingdom
  16. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  17. Barcelona, Spain
  18. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  19. Lisbon, Portugal
  20. Washington DC
  21. Tel Aviv, Israel
  22. Mumbai, India
  23. Toronto, Canada
  24. Birmingham, United Kingdom
  25. Dublin, Ireland
  26. São Paulo, Brazil
  27. Miami, Florida
  28. Porto, Portugal
  29. Singapore
  30. Edinburgh, Scotland
  31. San Francisco
  32. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  33. Munich, Germany
  34. Vienna, Austria
  35. Shanghai, China
  36. Moscow, Russia
  37. Delhi, India
  38. Seattle, Washington
  39. Sydney, Australia
  40. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  41. Hong Kong
  42. Boston, Massachusetts
  43. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  44. Marseille, France
  45. Bangkok, Thailand
  46. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  47. Beijing, China
  48. Istanbul, Turkey

Source: CNN

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