Ranking the World’s Best Cities for Newlyweds in 2021

What are the world’s best cities to live in if you’re just starting out in married life?

  • Berlin takes the top spot for the best city for remote working. With internet utility bills costing around £28.47 (€31.55) a month. 
  • Prague tops the list as the best place to ‘Czech’ out for newlywed couples 
  • The top 4 best cities for newlyweds are situated in Europe; with Prague taking top spot and Athens, Venice, and Rome taking second, third and fourth
  • Europe comes out on top as the best continent for newlyweds
  • The lowest-scoring cities were Tokyo, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Osaka
  • Prague is one of the cheapest places to commute, where you can get a monthly ticket for the equivalent of £18.27 per person
  • Tokyo tops the list for the best-earning potential, followed by Shanghai and Guangzhou
  • Prague topped the list as the city with the greenest spaces
  • Combining the number of museums, restaurants, cinemas, and theatres put Tokyo in the top spot for culture, followed by New York and Istanbul
  • Seoul in South Korea tops the list as the best city for foodies
  • Inverness tops the list as the best UK destination for newlyweds to settle down in as they begin life as a married couple

The new study by Purely Diamonds reveals the top cities for newlyweds to consider, based on the elements that are the most important to new married couples. 

Taking a list of the 34 most-visited cities around the world, we scored each city based on Average Rent, Utilities (including 60mbps Internet), Safety, Climate, Pollution, Essentials (Bread, Milk, Eggs), Transport (per person), Green Space, Culture (Museums, Cinemas, and Restaurants), Job Opportunities. 

Using a weighted ranking system, the study assigned a score to each city. This took into account the factors described above. Each of these factors was weighted and assigned a value with lower numbers equalling a better experience for newlywed couples. 

The World’s Best Cities for Newlyweds

Prague tops the list as the best place to ‘Czech’ out for newlywed couples. The city scored highly on the number of green spaces, the cost of transport and the number of cultural activities on offer. 

Interestingly, the top 4 best cities for newlyweds are situated in Europe; with Prague taking top spot and Athens, Venice, and Rome taking second, third, and fourth, respectively. 

The lowest-scoring cities were Tokyo, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Osaka. Whilst these cities had the most job opportunities and paid the highest salaries, they also had very expensive commutes, very few green spaces, and sky-high rents, proving that there’s more to newlywed life than just money. 

The World’s Best Cities For Remote Working 

As more jobs shifted to remote work during the Covid-19 pandemic, many people experienced ‘flexible work’ for the first time in their careers. The shift to remote work has largely been viewed positively by employees and employers, with workers wanting the option to work remotely more often after the crisis.

If you’re a newlywed couple planning on moving to a city, you might want to put remote working on the top of your career priority list. 

The new study by Purely Diamonds reveals the best cities around the world for remote working by looking at the cost of living and the price of broadband. 

The Top Cities For Remote Working Ranked: 

  1. Berlin
  2. Dubai
  3. Amsterdam
  4. Tokyo
  5. Dublin
  6. Milan
  7. London
  8. Rome
  9. Las Vegas
  10. Hong Kong

Berlin, the capital of Germany takes the top spot for the best city for remote working. With internet utility bills costing around £28.47 (€31.55) a month. 

Dubai and Amsterdam came in second and third positions, respectively. Dubai has a higher internet utility bill than Amsterdam at £75.83 (€84.02) a month compared to £37.73 (€41.82), but Dubai has a cheaper cost of living than Amsterdam. 

The World’s Best Cities For Cheaper Commutes

Top 10 Cities Ranked by Cheapest Monthly Tickets:

  1. Mumbai – £4.00
  2. Ho Chi Minh City – £6.05
  3. Chennai – £11.44
  4. Delhi – £11.44
  5. Shenzhen – £18.15
  6. Guangzhou – £18.15
  7. Prague – £18.27
  8. Kuala Lumpur – £19.48
  9. Shanghai – £24.20
  10. Istanbul – £26.95

Mumbai came out on top as the cheapest city to commute, a monthly ticket costs around £4.00 per person. 

In seventh position is Prague which came out as the top city in the study, a monthly ticket is equivalent to £18.27 per person. This is around 7 times cheaper than London’s average monthly commute and Prague is 77% cheaper than Tokyo when it comes to the price of a monthly transport ticket. 

Best Cities for Newlywed Earning Potential

If you’re planning on moving to a city, you need to know how easy it will be to get a job and ultimately how much you will earn, so if careers are at the top of you and your new spouse’s priority list these are the cities for you. 

Top 10 Cities Ranked By Average Monthly Earning Potential: 

  1. Tokyo – £2,588.89
  2. Shanghai – £1,209.95
  3. Guangzhou – £884.20
  4. Osaka – £2,201.91
  5. Shenzhen – £1,043.45
  6. New York City – £4,817.72
  7. Paris – £2,220.23
  8. London – £2,751.90
  9. Bangkok – £621.66
  10. Los Angeles – £3,840.07

The cities were scored based on the average monthly salary, job listings on Indeed, and the average working week hours. With over 757,000 jobs listed on Indeed, plus the highest average salary, Tokyo tops the list for earning potential, followed by Shanghai and Guangzhou. However, in Tokyo, you’ll be expected to work 42+ hours on average each week, and in Shanghai, over 46 hours a week.

If flexible hours and working from home is important to both of you, then you should take a look at Berlin, Dubai, and Amsterdam. All three of these cities scored high based on the number of job vacancies offering flexible or remote working options.  

Top Cities for Green Space and Culture 

Green spaces can enhance the health and wellbeing of people living and working in any city. Getting out for fresh air and exercise will be an element newlywed couples will be looking for when choosing where to live. 

Prague topped the list as the city with the greenest spaces compared to Tokyo with 139 more outside space for physical activity and recreation.

Combining the number of museums, restaurants, cinemas, and theatres put Tokyo in the top spot for culture, followed by New York and Istanbul.

David Allen from Purely Diamonds commented on the results of the study:  

“You will probably look for many of the same qualities in a city as you do in a spouse; it makes you feel safe, it’s fun to be around, and it’s easy on the eyes. More importantly, you want a city that’s a good fit for your lifestyle. 

“We’re talking cities with plenty of fun-loving married millennials, affordable rental options, tons of green space and plenty of cultural things to do, as well as the more practical aspects such as a cheap commute or a high number of job vacancies.  

“The study spans the globe from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the romantic city of Venice, they all have something to offer, depending on what you place importance on together as a couple.” 

So, if you’re tying the knot in 2021, will you be looking further afield? Many of the top-scoring cities in this study have a few things in common. They have plenty of cultural attractions, a great foodie scene, and plenty of scope for family life and employment prospects, but what if you can’t agree on where to put down roots? 

David says you should try to make sure you follow the “Three C’s” Communicate, Compromise, and Collaborate. Here are his top tips for newlywed house hunting: 

1) Communicate with each other

Communication is crucial for newlyweds, whether you’re discussing what you want for dinner to what you both want from a new city. Talk about where you are living now and the pros and cons of it, this will help you decide on what’s important to you both. Do you value being close to work or does a longer commute not a deciding factor in your decision?

Make sure you have an open discussion about what you both want for the future, your deal-breakers before even starting to look at a map. 

2) Compromise

It’s a fact of life that you’re not always going to agree with each other about everything, and that’s okay! As long as you have had a discussion about what’s most important to you both and what you’d each be willing to compromise on. Maybe you want to be close to work but your spouse wants to live on the other side of town – maybe you could start your search in the middle and set a distance radius?

3) Collaborate together

If you are both really struggling to compromise on your perfect location, then it could be a good idea to get friends and family involved to help you decide. Try creating a wish list that you can share with your close circle to see if they can help you make this big decision. 

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