10 Best Cities in the World to Live with Children in 2021

May 7, 2021
Residence permits by investment: the best countries for raising children
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Twenty cities were rated for quality of life for raising children. CIA Landlord ranked the cities with the lowest crime rates, relatively low cost of living, and the most schools.

CIA Landlord ― is a British insurance company regulated by the Financial Services Authority. In addition to insurance services, the company analyzes different parameters of housing and shares its conclusions in its blog.

How the rankings were compiled. CIA Landlord studied different cities in terms of how safe and comfortable it is to raise children there. The company’s experts compared different indicators and ranked cities by them. The assessment consisted of criteria such as:

  1. Quality of life

  2. Crime rate

  3. Number of schools

  4. Attractions

  5. Outdoor activities

  6. Pollution Index

  7. The cost of renting a three bedroom apartment

  8. Child care costs

  9. Total monthly bills

CIA Landlord used data from Numbeo.com, Tripadvisor.com, Oceed.org and Wikipedia.org to calculate.

The 10 Best Cities for Raising Kids

Place City Country
1 Reykjavik Iceland
2 Lisbon Portugal
3 Wellington New Zealand
4 Tallinn Estonia
5 Helsinki Finland
6 Ottawa Canada
7 Ljubljana Slovenia
8 Vienna Austria
9 Tokio Japan
10 Canberra Australia
A complete list is CIA Landlord

Reykjavik received the highest score for quality of life. The city hosts 300 outdoor events throughout the year. The low crime rate also makes the city an ideal place to start a family.

Lisbon has the second highest number of outdoor events with up to 500 a year. The city has a low crime rate and inexpensive rents for three-bedroom apartments.

Wellington is one of the greenest cities in the ranking, with low air pollution and plenty of gardens and parks within the city limits. There are 143 schools in Wellington, several times more than in other cities.

European residence permits by investment: the best cities for family life

Reykjavik is known for its eco-friendly approach to life. The city has many biking trails, health trails and outdoor activities

Residence in Portugal by investment: the best cities for family life

In Lisbon, rents for three-bedroom apartments start at €1,500. This is the lowest cost according to CIA Landlord

European Residence Permit by investment: The Best Cities for Family Living

East Bay in Wellington, the city with the lowest air pollution. The city center has a marina, and tourists always comment on how clean and clear the water in the bay is

European residence permits by investment: the best cities for family life
Residence in Portugal by investment: the best cities for family life
European Residence Permit by investment: The Best Cities for Family Living

Britain's Best Cities for Family Life

CIA Landlord has compiled an additional ranking of cities in the United Kingdom, the country in which its headquarters is located. The same indicators were used for the analysis as those used to evaluate cities from around the world.

Top 5 cities in Great Britain for living with family

Place City
1 Belfast
2 Swansea
3 Carlisle
4 Chester
5 Dundee

A complete list is on the website CIA Landlord

Belfast got first place for the number of schools – there are 206 of them in the city. The city has many attractions and places to go for walks, and there are about 60 outdoor events every year.

Swansea is in second place, thanks to relatively low costs for childcare for a month – about £450.

Carlisle is in third place – renting a two-bedroom apartment is cheaper than in other cities. Carlisle also has low levels of air pollution. And the lowest crime rate is in the city of Chester, which ranked fourth.

UK residence by investment: the best cities for family life

Queen's University of Belfast is one of the top 20 research universities in the UK

UK residence by investment: the best cities for family life

Gower Peninsula Beach in Swansea County. There are many scenic, secluded spots in and around the city that are suitable for walks or picnics with the family

UK residence by investment: the best cities for family life

Carlisle Goat Farm is open to all children. Carlisle is one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the UK. It has many gardens, parks and recreational areas

UK residence by investment: the best cities for family life
UK residence by investment: the best cities for family life
UK residence by investment: the best cities for family life

How to get a residence permit in the countries of the ranking

Three countries in the ranking offer foreigners a temporary residence permit by investment. Resident status allows you to live, study, or work in the country.

Countries with residence permit programs by investment

Place City Country
2 Lisbon Portugal
8 Vienna Austria
12 Athens Greece

Portugal grants a residence permit by investments from €350,000. The registration takes on average six months. Investors choose one of 8 investment options. The most popular is the purchase of real estate, as objects are allowed to sell after 5 years. Investors not only get back the investment, but also receive income from the increase in real estate prices.

Austria offers a residence permit to financially independent persons. Investors receive a residence permit by investment according to quotas. The government allocates a limited number of quotas – in 2021 there are only 450.

The minimum investment for the program – €100,000. Registration takes from 3 months. Investors need to have a stable income outside of Austria, to buy or rent a house in the country, have health insurance and know German at a basic level.

Greece grants residence permits by investments from €250,000. The processing time is from 3 months. Investors can choose from three investment options: buying real estate, opening a deposit in a local bank or buying government stocks.

The UK offers investors a residence permit by investment of £2 million or more. Investors invest in local stocks or start their own company and invest in its development.

Immigrant Invest is a licensed agent of European residence permit programs for investment. If you want to move to one of the rated countries, seek advice from investment programs experts.

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