96points

London

74points

Zurich

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London vs Zurich

London
Zurich

How does London compare to Zurich?

  • 17 more universities
    ?

    21vs4
  • 9.4million more inhabitants
    ?

    9.78 millionvs0.38 million
  • 513$ billion higher GDP (PPP)
    ?

    565$ billion vs52$ billion
  • Has a bike-sharing system
    ?
  • 5.6 years younger population
    ?

    36.4 yearsvs42 years
  • 13 more big sports facilities (stadiums, arenas, etc.)
    ?

    13vs0
  • 0.80$ lower cost of one single transportation ticket
    ?

    3.54$vs4.34$
  • 3 more landmarks from UNESCO World Heritage list
    ?

    4vs1

How does Zurich compare to London?

  • 25.84% lower population density
    ?

    4092 people/km²vs5518 people/km²
  • 117.33$ cheaper monthly public transport ticket
    ?

    92.26$vs209.59$
  • 5.1% lower unemployment rate
    ?

    3%vs8.1%
  • 3 410.67$ higher average salary
    ?

    7 737.18$vs4 326.51$
  • 220.76$ cheaper rent for a one-bedroom apartment
    ?

    2 139.11$vs2 359.87$
  • Has mountains nearby
    ?
  • 0.05 lower income inequalities
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    0.3vs0.35
  • 1°C lower average minimum temperature
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    6.3°Cvs7.3°C

User reviews

Overall Rating

London
8.5
17 User reviews
London
8.5/10
17 User reviews
Zurich
7.8
4 User reviews
Zurich
7.8/10
4 User reviews

Features

Safety

7.6/10
16 votes
9.0/10
3 votes

Walkability

8.3/10
16 votes
7.8/10
4 votes

Job opportunities

9.0/10
16 votes
7.3/10
4 votes

Public transport

8.5/10
17 votes
7.5/10
4 votes

Food and drink

8.6/10
16 votes
7.5/10
4 votes

Comments

Jim

Jim

7 months ago

2 / 10

I would not recommend London...

Jim

Jim

7 months ago

2 / 10

I have lived in supposedly nice areas of London for the past 6 years. A sucker for punishment but glad to be leaving finally. The streets are dangerous at night for single women and men thanks to gangs, alcohol and drugs. I would recommend only walking on well lighted streets at night and taking transport when possible. During the day most people on the street are rude, unkind, racist and cold which I believe stems from a general lack of happiness. Don't expect a genuinely kind greeting or help from a stranger. The streets on the whole are either disgustingly dirty or disgustingly dirty and packed full of people in central London especially. They are old and not looked after. You need to watch your step as you walk or you will step in something horrendous. Pollution here is dangerously high. Look at the discolouration of the buildings and the black mucous from your nose for proof. I had never seen or experienced either of these things before moving to London. I hope to never experience them again. I would recommend wearing an anti-pollution mask if you do visit. When eating out expect to pay twice the price you usually would and for your coffee to be burnt and the food to be of low quality - that way you won't be disappointed. When eating in check the fruit and vegetables you buy for mold/quality. Also the water here is awful which makes sense as it come from the polluted, sewage filled Thames and many properties older than the 1970s (so most London buildings) still have lead water pipes. I would avoid drinking unfiltered London drinking water wherever possible especially if you have children. Accommodation here is disappointing and irrationally expensive for what you get. A multimillion dollar/pound property could be nothing more than a flat or a terrace house in a supposedly nice area. These houses are old or new build flats but either way they will come with multiple surprising problems from plumbing, to ventilation to terrible neighbours. I would recommend renting before you buy (if you do choose to move here... I don't know why you would). There are beautiful museums and galleries and you can come across very nice tourists and people but it's not the norm. London is bearable for a day or two but there are so many other beautiful places to see and live in this world full of genuinely kind people. I would not recommend London to anyone as a place to live.

Pros

  • Nice museums and galleries
  • Easy to get work

Cons

  • Not safe for a family
  • Unkind, unhappy, racist people
  • Horrible food
  • Expensive for what you get
  • Very dirty and polluted
  • Terrible accommodation
  • Not safe for travelling alone
13 users found this helpful
David

David

5 months ago

10 / 10

Safe, diverse and beautiful.

David

David

5 months ago

10 / 10

Extremely surprised by some of the negative comments in one of the reviews on this site in particular. London is one of the most safest cities in the world and having lived in London certainly most of my life (apart from 5 years living in Sao Paulo, Brazil) I have to say they as a Gay man I have never experienced any feelings of homophobia, feeling unsafe when walking alone at night, or racism. In addition to this, London is by far one of the cleanest cities in the world and the water certainly does not tast polluted as mentioned by the reviewer below who obviously has no idea that the Thames is now one of the cleanest rivers running through a city anywhere in the world. As for the food, London is one of the most culturally diverse cities with amazing cuisine from all over the world - outstanding food markets from Borough Market to Covent Garden, expect to eat well in this city. Ofcourse it's possibly to eat poorly if you choose badly or try to find the cheapest options, like anywhere else in the world. London is the world's global city with more galleries and museums than any other city, which unlike may other cities does not charge tourism entry fees.

10 users found this helpful
Victoria

Victoria

9 months ago

10 / 10

schönste Stadt, schöne Straßen,Sehenswürdigkeiten.

Victoria

Victoria

9 months ago

10 / 10

5 users found this helpful

Demographics

1.population

9.78 million

0.38 million

Populous cities or countries usually offer better employment opportunities because of their large economies. Big cities attract companies and business investment, and are usually important cultural centers and research hubs. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
2.population density

5518 people/km²

4092 people/km²

Population density shows how cramped or spread out inhabitants are. Cities or countries with high population densities can be considered overpopulated, which can be a problem if the infrastructure is underdeveloped. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
3.annual population growth rate

1.4%

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Zurich)

The average population growth rate reflects the annual increase or decrease in population. Currently, the world’s population is growing at a rate of approximately 1.07% per year. The higher the growth, the more dynamic society feels. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
4.median age of population

36.4 years

42 years

Cities or countries with younger population have usually better development perspectives. Young societies are more dynamic and creative. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
The percentage of female residents, according to the city's official statistics. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; UNData, 2022.
The percentage of male residents, according to the city's official statistics. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; UNData, 2022.
7.international population

37%

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More people from abroad residing in the city provides a multicultural environment and may show how attractive it is for foreigners.
8.single population

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (London)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Zurich)

Bigger single population indicates that living alone in the city is easier and more affordable. It's also usually connected with better night life and dating possibilities. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official stats, 2022.
The percentage of Facebook users among a whole city population indicates how familiar are city’s inhabitants with web 2.0 and shows how popular the social media are. Source: Socialbakers, 2022.

Quality of living

Low unemployment rate indicates better career opportunities and economic growth. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official stats, 2022.
2.has public health care
London
Zurich
Public health care is more affordable for an average citizen and usually guaranteed for everyone. Source: city's official website, 2022.
3.average salary

4 326.51$

7 737.18$

Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official stats, 2022.
The average rent of a single-bedroom apartment located in the city center. This indicates how much of your salary would be allocated to rent expenses, and the general cost of living of the city. Source: numbeo.com, 2022.
5.VAT

20%

8%

The standard value-added tax (VAT) rate. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
The annual survey ranks 221 cities using 39 criteria. Important criteria are safety, education, hygiene, healthcare, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability and public transport. Source: Mercer, 2022.
Universities, as centers of higher education and research, are important contributions to a city’s development. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
8.gross domestic product (GDP)

565$ billion

52$ billion

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reflects the value and productivity of an economy. It measures the market value of all the final goods and services produced annually. To reflect the differences in the cost of living and inflation rates, we show the GDP at purchasing power parity (PPP). Sources: Wikipedia, CIA World Factbook, 2022.
The Gini coefficient is a measure of dispersion, in this case used to show the variation in income. A Gini coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality. A Gini coefficient of one expresses maximal inequality. Lower income inequalities indicate a more equal distribution of wealth and better opportunities for the average citizen. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.

Environment

1.average temperature

11.1°C

10.7°C

Source: Wikipedia, 2022; WMO, 2022.
2.humidity rate

92.3%

78.7%

Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. High relative humidity reduces the effectiveness of sweating in cooling the body by reducing the rate of evaporation of moisture from the skin. In general, higher humidity makes climate harder to stand for people. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; WMO, 2022.
3.level of air pollution (Air Quality Index)

32

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Zurich)

Low level of air pollution has a good influence on people’s health and quality of living. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
4.has a seaside beach
London
Zurich
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
5.has river/s
London
Zurich
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
6.has mountains nearby
London
Zurich
There are mountains at a distance of maximum 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the city. Mountains are considered to have an elevation of at least 1,000 m (3,300 ft). Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
7.has lake/s
London
Zurich
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; WMO, 2022.
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; WMO, 2022.

Leisure

With more large sports facilities (20,000+ seats), a city is able to organize more important sporting events. Source: worldstadiums.com, 2022.
2.number of museums

240

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Zurich)

Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
3.number of theaters

104

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Zurich)

Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
4.number of cinemas

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (London)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Zurich)

Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
The World Heritage List includes 962 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. Source: UNESCO, 2022.
8.number of public Wi-Fi spots

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Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Zurich)

City with more public wireless spots provides easier and wider internet access. Source: city's official website, 2022.
It indicates that the city is an important religious center. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.

Transportation

Cost of the monthly public transport ticket indicates affordability of public transportation for an average inhabitant. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's public transport website, 2022.
A cheaper single ticket will allow you to move through the city for less money. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, it will help your economy. Source: Official city's public transport website, 2022.
3.average commuting time

46 minutes

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Zurich)

Cities with shorter average commuting time have usually better organized public transportation system which allows citizens to waste less time in a traffic. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official stats, 2022.
4.has a bike-sharing system
London
Zurich
A bike-sharing system makes a city more eco-friendly, shows the city’s pro cycling attitude, and provides new touristic opportunities. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
5.total length of bike paths

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (London)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Zurich)

More bike paths gives more opportunities for cyclist, makes a city more eco friendly and helps to reduce traffic jams. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
The presence and number of airports shows how good is connection of city with different international destinations and its international accessibility. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
The subway rate or number of kilometers of subway per number of inhabitants indicates how well developed the subway network is. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
8.Commuter Pain Index

23

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Zurich)

The Commuter Pain Index is comprised of 10 issues: 1) commuting time, 2) time stuck in traffic, agreement that: 3) price of gas is already too high, 4) traffic has gotten worse, 5) start-­‐stop traffic is a problem, 6) driving causes stress, 7) driving causes anger, 8) traffic affects work, 9) traffic so bad driving stopped, and 10) decided not to make trip due to traffic. Source: IBM, 2022.
9.distance from capital

0km

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A city located near to the country capital may provide more possibilities. Some people love to visit or live in a quiet city, but also want to enjoy the variety of entertainment options or job opportunities that a capital city may offer.

General info

1.total surface

1 572 km²

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Zurich)

It can be nice to live in big cities or countries, as a larger space may offer more options for residents and visitors.
2.year of foundation

43 years

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A city founded a longer time ago has more history, which can give extra cultural richness for visitors and residents. Source: city's official stats, 2022.
3.number of tourists per year

30 million

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More arrivals per year shows how important the city is viewed internationally, and may indicate better infrastructure, such as airports, public transport, hotels, etc. Tourism is usually a major source of income of a city. Source: World Tourism Organization, 2022.
4.is a capital city
London
Zurich
National capital status indicates that a city is of great importance for political and diplomatic matters. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
5.has a stock exchange
London
Zurich
Cities with stock exchanges are usually important financial centers influencing international or national’s financial markets. Source: Wikipedia, 2022.
In general, cities with possibility of drinking alcohol in public places have more thriving nightlife. It's easier to organize parties in public places. Source: Wikipedia, 2022; city's official website, 2022.
The Global Cities Index is unique in that it measures global engagement of cities across five dimensions: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience and political engagement. Source: ATKearney, 2022.
Number of billionaires can indicate if the city has significant agglomerations of personal wealth. Source: Forbes, 2022.
The number of international embassies indicates the importance of a city for political, diplomatic and lobbying issues. Source: city's official website, 2022.

Miscellaneous

An indicator of how safe people feel walking alone in the city during the night, with 1 being very unsafe and 10 being very safe. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
An indicator of how safe people feel walking alone in the city during the day, with 1 being very unsafe and 10 being very safe. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
An indicator of how worried people are about having things stolen from their car, with 1 being not worried and 10 being very worried. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
The average cost of monthly basic utilities (electricity, heating, cooling, water, and garbage) for an 85m2 apartment. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
The average monthly price of internet (60 Mbps or more, unlimited data, cable/ADSL). Source: numbeo.com, 2022
An indicator of how worried people are about having their home broken into, with 1 being not worried and 10 being very worried. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
An indicator of how drinkable the tap water is, with 1 being not drinkable and 10 being very drinkable. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
The average price of a Coke or Pepsi (0.33 l bottle). The average price is calculated for Coke or Pepsi sold in restaurants. Source: numbeo.com, 2022
The average price of a bottle of water (0.33 l). The average price is calculated for water sold in restaurants. Source: numbeo.com, 2022

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