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Valencia: The Place with the Best Healthcare

Valencia triumphs with great medical care and affordable living.

Valencia places 3rd out of 49 in the Expat City Ranking 2023. It even comes 1st globally in the Quality of Life Index. Its Leisure Options (3rd) are a major highlight: the city places 1st for its opportunities for recreational sports. Both the affordability (1st) and availability (3rd) of healthcare also rank among the best worldwide. Getting out and about isn’t a problem either: it’s easy to get around Valencia on foot and by bicycle (3rd), and public transportation is affordable (9th).

However, Working Abroad (36th) in Valencia is not so great. Its Career Prospects (47th) for expats are the worst rated among the Spanish cities included in the ranking. And if expats do manage to get a job there, the lack of job security (47th) causes more concerns. It may still be worth it, though, as 79% are happy with their work-life balance (vs. 63% globally).

Expats praise the general cost of living (3rd) in Valencia, which leads to a top 10 place in the Personal Finance Index (6th). They also highlight economical living in the Expat Essentials Index (15th), where they vote the city 7th for affordable housing. Beyond these practical concerns, expats are also well connected in Valencia. Most feel welcome there (vs. 67% globally), and the same share considers the local residents to be friendly (89% vs. 67% globally for both factors). It’s hardly surprising, then, that 80% are happy with their social life in Valencia, compared to only 56% globally. These above-average results lead to a 6th-place ranking in the Ease of Settling In Index. Overall, 91% of expats are happy with their life in Valencia, compared to 72% globally.

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