Los Angeles is #12 out of the best places to live in the world, according to this report.
Yes, there’s a housing crisis and traffic nightmares to moan about, but this city does have plenty of positives to focus on too. From breathtaking natural scenery, groundbreaking art exhibitions and a cutting-edge culinary scene, Los Angeles offers a lifestyle that is unmatched in most places. Now, there’s a study to confirm it. Resonance Consultancy has released its list of Best Cities, giving Los Angeles the 12th spot out of 100.
While the City of Angels has slipped down the ranks this year, it remains solidly in the top third thanks to Angelenos—and it’s only set to soar in years to come. With residents from 140 countries living here, speaking 220 languages L.A.’s diversity is undeniably its strength. The rich cultural mix brings about innovation and creativity which is most evident in the insanely good food you find in every neighborhood. It’s no surprise that locals get to enjoy the #11 best restaurant in the world, an ever-growing list of Michelin-star restaurants and three eateries that made the Times’ list of best places to dine in America in 2022.
To add to all of this, the city continues to push forward with the modernization of its infrastructure. In recent years, it became home to the largest NFL arena with the impressive revamping of SoFi Stadium, which will be hosting several FIFA World Cup games in 2026 and hosted the game that saw the Rams take home the trophy. This year, the much-awaited Automated People Mover train is also scheduled to open which forms part of LAX’s $14.3-billion refurbishment project.
You couldn’t talk about L.A. without mentioning the art. Aside from the opening of the three-story Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which pays homage to the legendary movie makers and their cinematic creations that made Hollywood what it is today, L.A. also ranked #21 for Museums in the world. You can also check out these world-class institutions that make up the city for free.
Resonance methodology measures the cities across six categories: place, product, programming, people, prosperity, and promotion. L.A. ranked high in product (the attractions and offerings within the city) and promotion (ranking and referrals based on Google Trends, Instagram and other sources).
Breaking from the usual approach, Resonance named Kyiv, Ukraine the honorary city. Editor Anna Babinets, beautifully captures the city’s prosperity and inspiring developments prior to the war and during, taking special note of the resilience and bravery shown by the nation. You can download and read more about the report here.