Cape Town - The Mother City is known for being a tourist hotspot in SA, offering a balance between nature and city life, coupled with a myriad of activities and experiences to be enjoyed.
The city was recently acknowledged as one of the best in the world for its cosmopolitan lifestyle and street style and ranked 52nd in the most elegant cities in the world list by Zalando. It also ranked in the Top 40 destinations for business tourism in the world.
Adding to its list of achievements, Cape Town has now made the list as one of the best cities in the world for families, according to online real estate portal for home buyers and sellers, Homeday.
After finding out that young families
looking to settle down is "one of the core engines of the home purchasing
industry", Homeday commissioned a study to help potential property
buyers and sellers make the right decisions.
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According to the study that reveals the best cities for families worldwide, Cape Town ranks 96 out of 100.
Thirteen out of the top 20 best cities for families are in Europe, with 3 Canadian cities, 3 Australian and 1 from New Zealand making up the remainder.
Copenhagen in Denmark topped the list as one of the safest, happiest
cities in the world, with affordable housing based on purchasing power parity and excellent
Determining the best cities for
asked hundreds of parents what makes a city great for raising a family and used
the answers to determine the main categories for the study.
main categories that parents consider when deciding on the ideal place to raise
their family are city infrastructure, maternity laws, healthcare quality,
happiness levels, activities for children, and expert perception.
then analysed thousands of cities for data relating to these categories, to
determine the final list of 100.
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these main categories, 15 additional factors were considered: Housing,
Education System, Safety, Affordability, Unemployment, Pollution,
Transportation, Maternity/Paternity Law, Healthcare, Happiness, Kid Friendly
Airports, Activities for Kids, Green Spaces.
also polled 30 000 parenting professionals and journalists for their expert insight.
factors were chosen based on what parents confirmed were important when
choosing a city to settle in, and give an overview of the best cities for young
families to both live and visit around the world. Every city in the final list
was analysed for these 15 factors and then awarded a score to determine a final
ranking,” says Homeday.
Scores are from 1-10, with 10
meaning that the city ranks very highly for this factor.
Here’s how Cape Town scored:
Best in the world
Steffen Wicker, Managing Director
at Homeday says that real estate agents agree that the “ultimate importance for
most young families searching for real estate, is a location which is good for their
“For those families trying to
decide where to put down roots, they need data-led research more than ever to
help them make an informed decision. We hope that this study will make the
all-important choice of where to raise a family that bit easier for young
movers,” he adds.
Here are the Top 20 Best Cities for Familes:
Cities rated best in each category:
- Housing - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
- Education - Hong
- Safety - Lausanne,
- Affordability (based on purchasing power parity) - Riyadh,
- Unemployment - Doha,
Qatar ranks first for lowest unemployment.
- Pollution - Reykjavik,
- Transportation - Bern,
- Maternity/Paternity laws - Sofia,
- Healthcare - On
a national level, Sweden ranks first.
- Happiness - Oslo,
- Kid-friendly airports - Sydney,
- Activities for kids - Paris,
- Green spaces - Stuttgart,
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