Oct 30, 2014 9:27 PM GMT
Interesting datapoint... but I guess if you were factoring in opportunity then, Toronto would be above Paris.
So what was the result of the global ranking after all these unusual numbers were crunched. Here's the ranking (bet you didn't see number one coming):
Of course, as Quartz writer Zainab Mudallal points out in her writeup of the index, affordability and opportunity are two totally separate things. "France has also recently been called a "sick" economy by its own economy minister, with its high unemployment rate and reputation for worker inefficiency. The high cost of doing business in France means that some employers consider it a risk to take on young people. So it may not be easy to find a job," she notes.
It's a totally valid point. No matter how affordable a city is theoretically, if you can't get even one of the those relatively well paid minimum wage gigs, a promising budget on paper isn't going to mean a thing. So take the results with a grain of salt before you rush off to brush up on your French. The rankings, however, do serve as a reminder that a lot more goes into making a city attractive to young people than sensible-sounding basics and cheap housing.