DAVAO CITY, Philippines — According to Nomadlist, a crowdsourced internet website that collects data about cities around the world, Davao City ranked as the 7th best city to live and work in remotely.
Davao City tied with Hoi An, Vietnam garnering 84 points. It is even one of the four “recommended” cities among the list. The criteria was measured based on the cost of living, internet speed and local weather conditions for people who do business on a short-term basis; considering how much it costs to stay in a hotel, hostel or apartelle and having three basic meals a day.
It is the only city in the Philippines that made it to the top ten. Other major cities in the Philippines that were mentioned in the list were Cebu City, Palawan and Manila, which were all at the further bottom of the list. Cebu City was able to get 20 points; Palawan got 12 and Manila got a negative score of three (-3).
Among the top ten on the list, Chiang Mai in Thailand ranked first with the lowest cost of living at $641 monthly and 21 MBPS internet speed. Cities in Asia dominated the list and only one city from Europe made it to the list which is Prague in Czech Republic which ranked fourth.
Here is the complete list of the World’s Best Cities to live in and work remotely as of October 28, 2014 according to the Nomadlist:
- Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Pai, Thailand
- Bangkok, Thailand
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Phuket, Thailand
- Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Davao City, Philippines tied with Hoi An, Vietnam
- Ubud Bali, Indonesia
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Penang, Malaysia
Another positive point for Davao
Aside from making it to the top in the best cities to live and work in remotely, Davao City was also ranked as fourth (4th) among the safest cities in the world.
According to Manny Pinol of Davao Edge, “For years now, Davao City has served as the microcosm of what most Filipinos would like the Philippines to be, a country where people religiously observe the laws and ordinances, including the ban on smoking in public places and stringent speed limits.”