There are plenty of reasons you might want to consider moving abroad. Whether it’s the freedom that working from home offers, or just wanting to experience a new culture or a bit of sunshine.
But if you’re considering a move, where are the cities that offer the greatest quality of life for UK residents looking to move abroad? Last year we launched the Relocation Report, analysing a number of major cities on factors such as the weather, salaries and amenities.
Here’s how the world’s most popular destinations stack up this year.
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In first place for 2022 is San Francisco, California. San Francisco is one of the most popular destinations in the States with a thriving economy and of course, the beautiful Californian weather.
The city was the highest-ranking when it comes to potential earnings, with the average salary standing at £82,622, as well as for its average internet speed.
It’s not exactly a cheap place to call home, with a high cost of living, but if you can secure a job here, you’ll enjoy some of the best quality of life in the world.
People know Las Vegas as the Entertainment Capital of the World, but it could also be a great place to relocate to.
Aside from the famous Strip that everyone knows, Vegas has a number of pleasant suburban areas and is a fast-growing city.
It was among the highest-scoring cities we looked at for its restaurants and parks per capita, as well as its weather.
Each of our three top destinations to relocate to can be found in the USA, with Miami taking third place.
Miami is known for its tropical climate, so while it scores highly for the average temperature, it does also experience a lot of rainfall too.
However, it was among the highest-scoring cities for its number of restaurants per capita, as well as for job opportunities too.
Given it’s surrounded by desert on three sides, it's no surprise that Dubai in the UAE is the warmest place to relocate on this list, with annual temperatures averaging 28.2°C. Dubai enjoys sunny blue skies right through the year with slightly cooler winters.
Unsurprisingly, just down the coast from Dubai another Middle Eastern destination has the lowest annual rainfall. Abu Dhabi receives just 42mm of rain a year, making it among the driest places in the world.
Having somewhere to relax and unwind from city life is important, and the city with the highest number of parks and nature attractions is Seattle, Washington. Notable examples include Green Lake, Discovery Park, Myrtle Edwards Park and Seward Park.
The city with the most restaurants is Miami, Florida, with 900 per 100,000 people. With a diverse population, Miami’s cuisine draws from Caribbean and Latin American food, and it’s also known for its seafood due to its location on the Atlantic Ocean.
A strong and reliable internet connection is vital, especially if you’re planning to work remotely after relocating. The city with the fastest broadband connection, by some distance, is San Francisco, with an average download speed of 213.97 MB/s.
Knowing that you’ll be able to make a decent living is a hugely important factor when deciding whether to relocate or not. In this regard, the city with the best-earning potential (based on average) is again San Francisco. However, it’s worth noting that the cost of living is also high here.
As well as earnings, it’s important to know that you’re actually going to be able to find a job once you do relocate. The city with the most current openings per person is Atlanta, which has one of the largest and most diverse economies in the US.
If you want to relocate somewhere where you can enjoy the fresh sea air, then Miami just pips San Francisco. Miami is named the best coastal city to live. Known for its gorgeous beaches and the average sea temperature here is 26.3°C, giving it the edge over the colder waters of California.
San Francisco comes in second here, as the city itself isn’t particularly known for its beaches and climate, with cooler winds than Miami. However, it’s still a great coastal destination, topping the rankings for nature & parks and download speeds.
In third place is the city-state of Singapore, which has the warmest average sea temperatures of any city in this ranking at 29.1°C. Singapore is very diverse and has a thriving expat community with many Brits now living there.
According to the factors that we’ve analysed above, the best city destination for British citizens moving abroad is San Francisco in the USA.
The high earnings and year-round good weather are what make San Francisco such a popular option with British expats.
If you’re moving abroad from the UK there are lots of things that you need to remember to do. The first thing to do is ensure that your passport is valid. If it’s due to expire within the next year or so you’ll probably want to get it renewed before moving abroad.
You’ll also have to thoroughly check the entry requirements of the country you’re moving to, to check whether you need a work permit or visa.
Other pieces of admin you’ll need to do include letting the tax office know that you’re moving abroad, organising how you’re going to ship your belongings, and setting up a bank account in your new home.
You’ll also need to tidy up loose ends here in the UK such as paying off any bills and redirecting your post.
It helps to secure a job before moving abroad, but doing so can be tricky. You obviously need to spend a lot of time preparing and seeking out roles, as well as preparing a solid CV and cover letter.
You also need to make sure that prospective employers know that you’re serious and committed to relocating by giving them specific dates that you’ll be ready to start work.
It’s also important to know that you might need to be realistic about your salary expectations and that you may end up having to take a pay cut.
If you move abroad then your personal and workplace pensions can still be paid to you wherever you move to and you’ll still get any built-in annual increases.
However, it’s important that you still let your pension provider know that you’re moving abroad as they may have issues paying into a foreign bank account or may charge you to do so.
In terms of currency, your pension will still be paid in pound sterling so will be subject to any changes in currency rates.
Your state pension can still be paid if you are abroad, but you might lose out on the annual increases. If you return to the UK it will be reset to the current level.
There are specialist companies that will help you to move a dog abroad and can arrange for them to be picked up and checked through all of the necessary customs and border checks before being delivered to your new home.
It might be a good idea to crate train your dog ahead of the move to help acclimatise them and ensure that they’re relaxed during the move, as well as checking any local vaccine requirements.
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We analysed the 50 highest-rated cities from the Best Cities ranking on the following factors, giving each city a normalised score out of 10 for each factor before taking an average of these scores.
The average annual temperature according to Climate-Data.org.
The average annual precipitation according to Climate-Data.org.
Parks & green spaces
The number of ‘nature & parks’ attractions listed on Tripadvisor per 100,000 people.
The number of restaurants listed on Tripadvisor per 100,000 people.
The average life expectancy at birth according to the World Bank. Note that this is at the country level rather than the city.
The average download speed according to Broadband Speedchecker.
The average annual salary according to PayScale.
The number of job listings currently listed on LinkedIn, per 100,000 people in the city.
The average sea temperature according to SeaTemperature.org, taking an average of the temperatures for all 12 months.
James has spent the past 15 years writing and editing personal finance news, specialising in consumer rights, pensions, insurance, property and investments - picking up a series of awards for his journalism along the way.