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May 7, 2021

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

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.

Alevtina Kalmuk
Alevtina Kalmuk

Author and editor of articles about investment citizenship and residency

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

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

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Iceland

2

Lisbon

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Portugal

3

Wellington

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New Zealand

4

Tallinn

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Estonia

5

Helsinki

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Finland

6

Ottawa

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Canada

7

Ljubljana

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Slovenia

8

Vienna

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Austria

9

Tokio

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Japan

10

Canberra

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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Portugal

8

Vienna

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Austria

12

Athens

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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.