Tel Aviv Ranked Best City in Middle East for Young People, 14th Globally

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A woman smiles as she takes part in a water fight on Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, July 5, 2013.Credit: Reuters

Tel Aviv is the best city in the Middle East for young people to live in, according to the YouthfulCities Index.

Overall, Tel Aviv was ranked in fourteenth place among the best cities in the world for people aged between 15 and 29. 

Topping the list was New York, followed by London, Berlin, San Francisco and Paris.

The index rated cities from across the globe using 101 different indicators. Over 10,000 young people answered a survey that examined aspects of city life such as music, film, fashion and nightlife. Each city was also judged on wider factors such as environment, safety, affordability, diversity and employment.

Tel Aviv's closest Middle East competitor was the Iranian capital of Tehran, at 36. Istanbul was ranked 43, and Cairo 48. Johannesburg at 35 was deemed the most youthful city in Africa, and Tokyo, at 12, was voted Asia's best city for young people.  

“Half of the world’s population is under 30 years old and half now live in cities," said Sonja Miokovic, co-founder of YouthfulCities, told The Independent. "Youth and cities – especially the largest ones – will together shape the future of the planet.

“This index creates a wealth of comparable knowledge based on what is important to youth. This understanding is critical for city leaders and urban designers committed to making smarter choices that attract and enable young people to fulfill their ambitions.”

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