34 Reasons why Madryt is better

than the average

1.Clearly less rainy days in a year
77vs 98 (the average)
vs 1 (best: Osaka)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
2.Lots more universities
15vs 14 (the average)
vs 185 (best: Tokyo)
Universities as centres of higher education and research, are important contribution to city’s development. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
3.Vastly more inhabitants
3.27 millionvs 2.31 million (the average)
vs 23 million (best: Shanghai)
Cities with bigger population usually offer better employment and entertainment opportunities. Big cities attract business, are trade and cultural centres and research hubs. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
4.Clearly higher gross domestic product (GDP)
230$ billionvs 121$ billion (the average)
vs 1280$ billion (best: New York)
The level of GDP shows how rich and productive the city is. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
5.Measurably better globally connected
2.8vs 2.5 (the average)
vs 6.35 (best: New York)
The Global Cities Index is unique in that it measures global engagement of cities across five dimensions: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience and political engagement. Source: ATKearney, 2015.
6.Substantially lower level of corruption
6.2vs 4.9 (the average)
vs 9.5 (best: Wellington)
Level of corruption indicates the effectiveness of law enforcement and transparency of making business. Source: Transparency International, 2015.
7.Sizably more big sport facilities (stadiums, arenas, ect.)
4vs 2 (the average)
vs 13 (best: London)
With more large sport facilities (20,000 seats +), a city is able to organize more important sporting events. Source:, 2015.
8.Considerably more international corporate headquarters
5vs 2 (the average)
vs 50 (best: Tokyo)
The presence of corporate headquarters shows global economic significance and can offer employment opportunities. Source: CNNMoney, 2015.
9.Measurably more landmarks from UNESCO World Heritage list
1vs 1 (the average)
vs 17 (best: Kyoto)
The World Heritage List includes 962 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. Source: UNESCO, 2015.
10.Clearly smaller humidity rate
57%vs 70% (the average)
vs 28% (best: Riyadh)
Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. High relative humidity reduces the effectiveness of sweating in cooling the body by reducing the rate of evaporation of moisture from the skin. In general, higher humidity makes climate harder to stand for people. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
11.A tad lower minimum income tax
0%vs 9% (the average)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
12.Significantly lower income inequalities
0.46vs 0.76 (the average)
vs 0.22 (best: Beijing)
The Gini coefficient is a measure of dispersion, in this case used to show the variation in income. A Gini coefficient of zero expresses perfect equality. A Gini coefficient of one expresses maximal inequality. Lower income inequalities indicate a more equal distribution of wealth and better opportunities for the average citizen. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
13.Appreciably ahead in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey
43#vs 79# (the average)
vs 1# (best: Vienna)
The annual survey ranks 221 cities using 39 criteria. Important criteria are safety, education, hygiene, healthcare, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability and public transport. Source: Mercer, 2015.
14.Vastly less people infected with HIV
0.29%vs 1.53% (the average)
Bigger HIV infected population indicates bigger risk of infection and generally, worse health care and prevention system. Source: WHO, 2015.
15.Notably lower average minimum temperature
9.7°Cvs 12.6°C (the average)
vs -7.01°C (best: Ulan Bator)
It can get cold in winter but good for doing winter sports, particularly if there is snow. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; WMO, 2015.
16.Sizably more airports
3vs 1 (the average)
vs 5 (best: London)
The presence and number of airports shows how good is connection of city with different international destinations and its international accessibility. Source: Wikipedia, 2015.
17.Is/was a host city of the FIFA World Cup
Yesvs No (87% don't have it)
Source: Wikipedia, 2015
18.Distinctly more hospital beds per 1000 inhabitants
327vs 9 (the average)
vs 327 (best: Madrid)
City with higher number of beds per 1000 inhabitants is able to provide healthcare to more people and usually has better developed health care system. Source: , 2015
19.Distinctly cheaper cost of one-bedroom apartment in the city center
999$vs 1512$ (the average)
vs 301$ (best: Sarajevo)
The average price of a single-bedroom apartment located in the city center shows how much of your salary would be allocated in rent expenses, and is an indicator of the cost of living of the city. Source:, 2015.
20.Considerably more embassies
102vs 43 (the average)
vs 200 (best: Brussels)
The number of international embassies indicates the importance of a city for political, diplomatic and lobbying issues. Source: city's official website, 2015.
21.A little lower cost of one single transportation ticket
2$vs 2$ (the average)
vs 0.2$ (best: Tirana)
A cheaper single ticket will allow you to move through the city for less money. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, it will help your economy. Source: Official city's public transport website, 2015.
22.Significantly more efficient traffic (IBM)
28vs 50 (the average)
vs 21 (best: Montreal)
The Commuter Pain Index is comprised of 10 issues: 1) commuting time, 2) time stuck in traffic, agreement that: 3) price of gas is already too high, 4) traffic has gotten worse, 5) start-­‐stop traffic is a problem, 6) driving causes stress, 7) driving causes anger, 8) traffic affects work, 9) traffic so bad driving stopped, and 10) decided not to make trip due to traffic. Source: IBM, 2015.
23.A bit higher proportion of men
49.5%vs 49.2% (the average)
vs 67% (best: Doha)
There's an oversupply of male population which can be good for single women. Source: Wikipedia, 2015; city's official stats, 2015.
24.Notably higher number of top football clubs
4vs 3 (the average)
vs 10.8 (best: Valletta)
Having a well-known football team playing in a country’s first division shows a big interest by the city in sport and attracts visitors to events such as big matches.
25.Notably more sister cities
44vs 24 (the average)
vs 104 (best: London)
Sister cities or twin towns are a form of law agreement made between towns, cities or regions in politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties. It might mean more possibilities outside your city, a greater multiculturalism and a wider range of options.
26.Measurably lower average price of a litre of milk
1.1$vs 1.3$ (the average)
vs 0.83$ (best: Lisbon)
This can help estimate the average cost of groceries and the overall cost of living of the city. An average cheaper litre of milk may mean that the city is less expensive to live in. Source:, 2015.
27.Measurably more hospitals
58vs 24 (the average)
vs 90 (best: Chicago)
A bigger number of hospitals in the city provides more healthcare opportunities for residents and visitors.
28.Substantially older city
852 yearsvs 1019 years (the average)
vs 1 year (best: Yerevan)
A city founded a longer time ago has more history, which can give extra cultural richness for visitors and residents. Source: city's official stats, 2015.
29.The city has a cable car
A trip in a cable car is a great way to see the city, and also to travel from A to B without any traffic conjestion.
30.Has Retiro park
Retiro is a great place to relax, within the city centre. There is a lake with boats, as well as really cool music jams, especially on Sundays.
31.Price of a beer is cheaper
The price of the same amount of beer is definitely cheaper
32.Delicious tapas
Local cuisine comes in a small portion. This gives choices to taste different things in one meal or just for a break. They are not expensive either (sometimes pair with beers).
33.It has the Temple of Debod
It is a nice park with a Egyptian 2000 years old monument. I highly recommend to see a sunset there
34.You can party in Huertas
Huertas is a street full of night pubs and bars, where the PR guys offer you different deals to make you enter. And the music is usually great.
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