For high wages, good public infrastructure and a vibrant cultural scene, European cities continue to dominate the 2012 Quality of Living survey by the consulting firm Mercer. See where American cities feature in the global list.
10. Sydney Street artists perform in the Darling Harbour area of Sydney. The Australian city rounds out the top 10 and is one of only two Southern Hemisphere cities to make the cut. The Mercer survey evaluates quality of life based on several factors including housing, climate, infrastructure, crime and education. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images Buy Photo