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The 32 most fun, friendly, and affordable cities in the world

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The colorful Porto, Portugal, is one of the friendliest places on the list.
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Time Out's City Life Index, a survey of 15,000 people in 32 global cities, has been released, and it shows which ones promise the most fun and excitement in 2018.

The survey, conducted by Tapestry Research, questioned residents on a variety of aspects of city life.

It ranked cities in categories across food, drink, culture, friendliness, affordability, happiness, and liveability.

It also "found the key factors that make residents find their city exciting," from dining out often to feeling proud of where they're from.

Scroll down to see the 32 most affordable, friendly, and fun cities in the world, ranked in ascending order along with their overall scores:

This article was originally published on January 31, 2018.

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30. Boston (103.7) — Boston may be one of the least affordable cities surveyed, with a poorly ranking nightlife scene, but its residents still posted high happiness scores — and over half know their neighbors by name.

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28. Sydney (106.1) — While they may think the city is lacking in things to do and good restaurants, Sydney residents live a healthy life, with 66% having exercised in the past week and 38% never having taken drugs. They know how to party, though, and are the world's No. 1 vodka drinkers.


25. Moscow (110.2) — Its residents may not consider it to be a friendly place, but they make the most of what it has to offer late into the night, with a third of residents going to bed long after midnight. It was also the city where people had the most workplace romances.


24. Bangkok (111.0) — The survey revealed Bangkok as the world's street-food capital, with more people eating on their feet than anywhere else — 42 times a year, on average. They're also the biggest restaurant-goers, with 94% of respondents having visited a restaurant in the past week.

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23. Washington, DC (111.3) — DC, the dating capital, has the most singles looking to mingle or using dating apps. But they're also the most likely to "ghost" a potential love interest — which perhaps contributes to DC tying with New York to be the most stressed city on the list.

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20. Los Angeles (116.8) — It has a booming culture scene with taco-filled restaurants, but it remained in 20th place as its residents said it's one of the hardest cities to make friends in — and also tough for dating.


18. Berlin (119.2) — Eighty-three percent of Berlin residents know their next-door neighbor's name — a massive number compared with the 55% global average, which helps explain why they're also the least lonely. They like to spend time at home, though, with people in Berlin eating in restaurants the least frequently in the world.

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17. San Francisco (119.4) — With a buzzing restaurant scene packed with brunches and 88% of residents saying they "feel free to be themselves," San Francisco came in 17th because it ranked poorly for safety and affordability.

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14. Paris (124.9) — Parisians have the most sex in the world, according to the survey, with four in five people saying they had sex in the past month. The city is also one of the best for culture. The fun comes at a price, however, with Paris also the world's hangover capital, with an average of almost a month spent suffering a year.

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9. Philadelphia (129.2) —  Overall, Philadelphia residents crowned their city the most affordable in the world, as well as one of the most enjoyable to live in. Residents also have one of the quickest commutes at just 24 minutes.

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5. London (131.4) — Whether it's theater, restaurants, or bars, 86% of London residents say there is always something to do or see in the city, with most going out eight times a month. The city didn't come out on top, though, because Londoners also find it hard to make friends, feel stressed, and find the city unaffordable.

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4. Melbourne (132.3) — This Australian city came out above all others in terms of happiness, with nine in 10 residents saying they felt happy within the past 24 hours. They also find it easy to make friends and think the food-and-drink scene is one of the city's best features.

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3. New York (134.6) — Coming in third place, the city has the world's best nightlife and comes in second for culture, according to the survey. It was also the city most people wanted to visit this year — though visitors may have trouble making friends in the city, which ties with Washington as "most stressed."

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1. Chicago (138.2 points) — With the highest overall score, Chicago comes out on top for its food-and-drink scene, happiness, culture, affordability, and city pride — its only drawback was safety, the only area in which it ranked poorly.

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Time Out's City Life Index,
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most fun and excitement in 2018.
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affordability, happiness, and liveability.
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31. Singapore (98.7)
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28. Sydney (106.1)
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26. Hong Kong (109.6)
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20. Los Angeles (116.8)
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17. San Francisco (119.4)
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12. Tel Aviv (125.8)
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4. Melbourne (132.3)
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2. Porto (137.9)
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