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International City Spotlight: Geneva, Switzerland

by Shannon Steinberg on Aug 20, 2021

Did you know Switzerland’s foreign population hit nearly 2.2 million people in 2020? According to Conde Nast Traveler, French-speaking Geneva is considered the No. 8-ranked best place to live in the world, despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world. Home to the Red Cross, the city consistently hits high marks for its healthcare system, stability and infrastructure.

With nearly 9 million people already, why is Geneva such a desired city for American expats? Many attribute the city to the beautiful landscape of the Alps and Lake Geneva but it’s also a well known financial and diplomatic center. Geneva is also home to other international agencies like the United Nations and the World Health Organization.

First established as a Roman settlement in 58 B.C.E. as a trading town, Geneva gained independence in 1602 and later joined Switzerland in 1814. It quickly became a cosmopolitan banking hub and a leader in the promotion of human rights. Other benefits to living in Geneva include:

  • Visit Lake Geneva - a popular vacation and day trip spot with swimming, boating, wineries and beautiful architecture
  • Many hiking, biking and skiing activities in the surrounding Alps and Jura Mountains
  • Watch a concert at The Grange Park in the summer
  • Tour the St-Pierre Cathedral, a mash-up of Roman, Gothic and Neoclassic styles
  • Attend the Museum and Natural History to learn about a range from dinosaurs to ants
  • Eat from a number of highly-rated restaurants known for their wines and fresh food

Geneva’s average annual salary is around $124,767, however, the average home sale price is about $3.9 million. Finding affordable housing in Geneva is hard, so typically new residents will rent before purchasing a home. A standard one-bedroom apartment in the city will rent for about $2,500-3,800 per month.

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