Prague ranked 25th for millennials

A new survey evaluates a lot of factors but has some odd results

A study of the best cities for millennials to live in put Prague in 25th place and Brno at 95th. Berlin was at the top of the list, followed by Montreal and London. Overall, Germany had two spots in the top 10, Germany had three and the UK had two. Bologna, Italy, was in the last place.

The ranking was published by Nestpick.com, a site that helps expats and students to find accommodation.

The survey looked at 110 cities, taking four main concerns into consideration: business climate, living essentials, openness and tolerance, and possibilities for fun.

Other factors important to millennials such as internet quality and gender equality were also taken into account.

This is the second year for the ranking, and the criteria have been expanded. In the first ranking, Prague came in 19th out of 100 cities. Amsterdam as on top.

“Millennials grew up in a shrinking world, where the internet opened doors their parents could never have dreamed of, and budget airlines made those avenues real possibilities. It’s now possible to live and work anywhere in the world, and these opportunities are shaping how our planet will look to future generations.” Nestpick managing director Ömer Kücükdere said in a press release.

“We must learn to adapt to the needs of younger people in order to have a thriving economy, and we believe that this ranking offers valuable insights to those cities looking for regeneration from a younger demographic,” he added.

Prague dd the best among CEE region cities. Budapest came in in 37th place, Moscow was in 64th place and Warsaw was in 82nd place. Brno, which has a reputation as a hub for young people interested in high tech, was a very disappointing 95th out the 110 ranked cities.

Vienna came in right on the tail of Prague at 26th place.

Prague scored its highest points, over nine out of a possible 10, for tourism, nightlife and beer. Two other areas where it did well, scoring between eight and nine, were housing and food.

The ranking for beer is based solely on price for a domestic beer, and not on quality. Beijing, China was the leader in this area followed by two cities in Colombia and three in Mexico.

Stumbling blocks, where Prague scored less than three points were employment, immigration tolerance, and festivals. The low ranking on employment is odd since the Czech Republic has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, however.

The festival ranking looks at the number of music festivals, and most big festivals take place outside of Prague in the summer but are still fairly accessible.

Brno scored well in housing, food and beer. It scored less than one point in startups, tourism and festivals.

The survey’s data all comes from secondary sources and is a mix of OECD, UN and Eurostat data, plus specialized reports on social issues and finally figures from crowd-sourced websites such as Numbeo and Expatistan. The quality of the data across the survey is a bit inconsistent, which puts the overall results a bit into question.

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