The latest European Urban Audit, a survey of quality of life in 83 major European cities conducted by the European Commission, ranked Cardiff as joint third most liveable European capital city (up from joint 6th in 2012) and joint 6th across all cities (up from 22nd in 2012).

Cardiff compares particularly well in terms of healthcare, retail and sports facilities, public spaces and the quality of the natural environment. However, the city scores lower on the percentage of people using public transport every day, the availability of good employment and the cleanliness of streets.