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33 Reasons why Madryt is better

than the average

1.Distinctly less rainy days in a year
77vs 98 (the average)
vs 1 (best: 大阪市)
Source: Wikipedia, 2016; WMO, 2016.
2.Much 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, 2016.
3.Considerably 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, 2016.
4.Appreciably 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, 2016.
5.Noticeably 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:, 2016.
6.Clearly 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, 2016.
7.Distinctly smaller humidity rate
57%vs 70% (the average)
vs 28% (best: Ріяд)
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, 2016; WMO, 2016.
8.Significantly lower income inequalities
0.46vs 0.76 (the average)
vs 0.22 (best: Пекін)
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, 2016.
9.Notably lower average minimum temperature
9.7°Cvs 12.6°C (the average)
vs -7.01°C (best: 乌兰巴托)
It can get cold in winter but good for doing winter sports, particularly if there is snow. Source: Wikipedia, 2016; WMO, 2016.
10.Significantly 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, 2016.
11.Explicitly 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, 2016.
12.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, 2016; city's official stats, 2016.
13.Substantially cheaper cost of one-bedroom apartment in the city center
999$vs 1512$ (the average)
vs 301$ (best: Сараево)
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:, 2016.
14.Notably lower level of corruption
6.2vs 4.9 (the average)
vs 9.5 (best: Auckland)
Level of corruption indicates the effectiveness of law enforcement and transparency of making business. Source: Transparency International, 2016.
15.Significantly 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, 2016.
16.A tad lower cost of one single transportation ticket
2$vs 2$ (the average)
vs 0.2$ (best: 新華社地拉那)
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, 2016.
17.Sizably 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, 2016.
18.Explicitly 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.
19.Explicitly lower average price of a litre of milk
1.1$vs 1.3$ (the average)
vs 0.83$ (best: Lisbona)
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:, 2016.
20.Slightly lower minimum income tax
0%vs 9% (the average)
Source: Wikipedia, 2016.
21.Significantly ahead in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey
43#vs 79# (the average)
vs 1# (best: Відень)
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, 2016.
22.Is/was a host city of the FIFA World Cup
Yesvs No (87% don't have it)
Source: Wikipedia, 2016
23.Significantly 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: , 2016
24.Measurably 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.Noticeably 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.
26.Appreciably more efficient traffic (IBM)
28vs 50 (the average)
vs 21 (best: 蒙特利尔)
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, 2016.
27.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.
28.Significantly older city
852 yearsvs 1019 years (the average)
vs 1 year (best: Erevan)
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, 2016.
29.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.
30.Price of a beer is cheaper
The price of the same amount of beer is definitely cheaper
31.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).
32.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.
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
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