Malaga Best City In The World To Live And Work In – InterNations Survey

In a comprehensive survey conducted by InterNations, insights were gathered from over 12,000 individuals hailing from 177 diverse nationalities and residing in 181 countries worldwide. Notably, Spain secured the second and third positions in the findings, showcasing its popularity among the global community.

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Expatriates living and working in Malaga have spoken, and according to Forbes magazine's coverage of this year's InterNations survey, the city has emerged as the ultimate global destination for expat living. This recognition signifies a remarkable surge in Malaga's appeal over the past two decades.

InterNations compiled a ranking of 49 cities worldwide, assessing the subjective perceptions of expatriates. Drawing insights from over 12,000 individuals representing 177 nationalities across 181 countries, the survey factored in crucial elements like quality of life, ease of settling in, and personal finances.



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Malaga, situated on the picturesque Costa del Sol, not only claimed the top spot overall but also excelled in categories such as friendliness, climate, and work-life balance. Respondents particularly praised safety, the affordability of public transport, opportunities for sports, and the vibrant social scene. However, the city faced criticism concerning its local job market, landing in the 41st position in that category.

Spain emerged as a clear favourite among the international community, with Alicante and Valencia securing second and third places, respectively. Madrid, ranking sixth, garnered praise for its digital and financial prowess along with a high quality of life. Barcelona secured the thirteenth spot.

Contrastingly, the United States witnessed a significant decline in appeal. While Miami and New York led the list in 2022, this year, the Big Apple plummeted to the thirty-ninth place. Factors such as the high cost of living, relentless pace of life, and soaring prices impacting personal and family balance contributed to this decline despite the prevailing economic boom.

Across the Mediterranean, Milan and Rome found themselves at the bottom of the ranking, just behind Vancouver, Canada.


The following lists the Top 20 from the InterNations survey and it is interesting to see the diversity: :


  1. Malaga, Spain
  2. Alicante, Spain
  3. Valencia, Spain
  4. Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
  5. Abu Dhabi, UAE
  6. Madrid, Spain
  7. Mexico City, Mexico
  8. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  9. Bangkok, Thailand
  10. Muscat, Oman
  11. Dubai, UAE
  12. Lisbon, Portugal
  13. Barcelona, Spain
  14. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  15. Nairobi, Kenya
  16. Zurich, Switzerland
  17. Athens, Greece
  18. Stockholm, Sweden
  19. Luxembourg
  20. The Hague, the Netherlands

As more airlines offer direct flights from the US to Malaga, the city will no doubt continue to soar in popularity.