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Analysts took into account the standard of living, economic opportunities, studied relations in society and with the authorities, as well as the dynamics of positive changes in the life of citizens.

Moscow has become the third in the ranking of the most attractive megacities for life. New York took the first place, London was on the second. These are the data of the study “A City for Everyone”, which experts from the international consulting company Boston Consulting Group (BCG) presented at Moscow Urban Forum.

In total, experts evaluated 16 megacities. They compared the standard of living, economic opportunities, relations in society and with the authorities, the dynamics of positive changes in the life of townspeople. The study is based on a survey of the preferences and priorities of urban residents and statistical indicators for 155 indicators.

“The criterion of success in our rating is the ability of a city to best meet the needs of its residents in five blocks, and the best city is the one that best responds to the needs of its citizens. Therefore, as part of the study, we analyzed not only objective statistics, but also more than three million responses received during a survey of 25 thousand residents of all 16 cities. As a result, we can understand not only what changes are taking place in the metropolis, but also how it affects people, ”said Vladislav Butenko, head of the global sector“ Urban Development ”at BCG.

In comparison with 2010, Moscow, according to experts, is among the leaders in terms of the speed of positive changes. The capital is showing growth life expectancy, positive dynamics of housing affordability, increased attention to environmental issues, a relatively low level of air pollution, as well as high results in international Olympiads and PISA testing of schoolchildren. According to these and other indicators, the Russian capital is ahead of Singapore, Sydney, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo.

Moscow has the largest proportion of residents who answered negatively to the question of whether they feel a sense of loneliness, and this is an important indicator of social health.

Experts have also identified trends driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the spread of online commerce and non-cash payments, the consumption of goods and services has increased. In addition, air pollution rates have decreased and crime rates have dropped.

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