Chicago was revealed as the world’s number one city for having fun and enjoying city life in the 2018 Time Out City Life Index.
The Index charts the most exciting cities in the world and after Chicago, Porto, New York, Melbourne and London were deemed the most thrilling.
“This year’s Time Out City Life Index reveals the urban hotspots that are unbeatable right now, and the detailed results provide a fascinating look at how people make the most of city life in 2018,” Time Out city life editor James Manning says.
To decide which cities should be on everyone’s travel list this year, 15,000 residents in 32 cities were surveyed by timeout.com and scored cities on many factors including food, drink, culture, friendliness, affordability, happiness and liveability.
For the second time in a row, Chicago is the overall winner, but despite having the highest scores for its food and drink and above average happiness, culture and affordability, it fell short in the safety area.
Porto ranked in second place and for its first time being included in the ranking. It is considered the most liveable and heart-warming city, perfect for making friends with residents feeling like they are free to be themselves and proud to live in the city.
Ranked third is New York City, with the world’s best nightlife and second-best culture. While New Yorkers are not big fans of tourists making it difficult to meet new friends, they rate their bar and cultural scenes highly.
Melbourne sits at number four, and comes first for happiness, with many saying making friends is easy and find it is a more affordable place to live.
“The Time Out City Life Index has now made it official that Melbourne is not only one of the most exciting cities in the world for culture and going out, it’s also one of the happiest,” Time Out Australia acting editorial director Rose Johnstone says.
In contrast however, people in Sydney are not as happy with their city, with many declaring Bondi as the most overrated suburb and others dissatisfied with their city overall.
Ending the top five is London, where 86 per cent of residents say there is always something to see or do. Londoners love the theatre, as well as the bar and food scene, and nightlife, although many find it hard to make friends and deem the city is unaffordable.