Coral Cities | Top 40 Places To Live by Ito World

What makes a great city? Is it political stability? Low crime rates? Access to education or healthcare? We took one metric, looking at how easy it is for people to move within cities. We calculated how far you can travel (by car) from each city centre, in 30 minutes. The resulting ‘coral formations’ show transport data in a new way, revealing beautiful, organic forms. Each strand shows the arteries of a city, representing a possible route from the centre.

We applied this technique to each of the top 40 cities in Mercer’s Quality of Living City Ranking. The result is a unique perspective on how we move around some of the world’s greatest cities.

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