10. Hong Kong
A common theme among Asian cities is that they score well for personal safety. Hong Kong is no exception and also ranks well for job opportunities with its strong economy. What holds the autonomous territory back, however, is low personal happiness rankings and high expenses.
Australia, like many other well-developed countries on the list, is noted for its stability, safety, and a multitude of travel opportunities. The lovely weather down under means the Aussies score well for leisure opportunities, but when it comes to socializing overall (and getting outside of the "expat bubble"), the once glowing rating begin to dip lower.
Personal finance is where the Philippines excels. Cost of living is low which makes it a great place for expatriates looking to retire and see their funds achieve maximum purchasing power. The beautiful tropical weather also helps when it comes to rating the personal happiness of expats.
It seems Spain's amazing weather pushes it into the top 10 of best countries for expats. The country's highest marks come in response to options for leisure activities, and over a third of expatriates in the country are completely satisfied with their life outside their respective home country.
Worried about educational options for your children if you're moving your entire family abroad with you? Singapore ranks second overall in this category, even beating out some European education strongholds. Singapore also enjoys high rankings for quality of life, particularly in personal safety, access to quality healthcare, and transportation options.
5. United States
The United States rates highly, like other strong economies, for its job opportunities and higher than average job security. The USA also scored top marks from expats on the survey's family life index. While workers may enjoy high wages, the country falls to the bottom third when it comes to cost of living.
Switzerland is the winner when it comes to expatriate quality of life. It places first in the subcategories for travel and transportation options, as well as first for health access and personal safety. Opportunities to socialize with locals and make lasting connections may be more limited on average, however.
Mexico receives its overall high ranking due mostly to a large percentage of respondents being pleased with their overall living. This may have more to do with the personal connections expats have made more than anything else. Nearly 20% said they moved to Mexico for love.
Any current or former expatriate won't be surprised to see Luxembourg at #2 in the rankings. This country is home to those who make a career out of living outside of their home. While Luxembourg gets high marks for job prospects and access to quality services, survey respondents complained that it was hard to settle in and find a group of friends.
Surprise winner Ecuador receives high marks from expatriates for the warm welcome they received once they settled in this mountainous South American country. Responders didn't have trouble making friends, and they were also highly satisfied with their financial situation. You don't see Ecuador on many "most expensive" lists.