Quality of Life in Cities, As Art

The quality of life experienced by individuals and societies can vary widely from place to place. Many different factors affect the comfort, health and happiness of the residents of global cities. Factors like hours of sunlight, rainfall, temperature, population density, pollution levels, areas of green space and average salary earned all play a part in the overall quality of life. We’ve taken a closer look at the quality of life in cities around the world and illustrated our findings as artwork.

The artwork for each city uses data to illustrate the various factors that influence the quality of life of its residents. What appears to be abstract patterns are actually representations of what a city is like to live in. Here’s our art gallery of the differences in global quality of life:


  1. Green View Index (each circle represents 10% and each part respectively)
  2. Average Hours of Sunshine each city is exposed to per year
  3. World Happiness Rating 2015-2017 (1-105) each section to nearest 20
  4. Average Monthly Salary $ – Larger coins represent 1000’s, smaller coins represent to nearest 100
  5. Average Monthly Temperature plotted over a year
  6. Pollution Rating (µg/m3) the wider this bar, the higher the pollution (1-32)
  7. Population Density p/km2 – column 1 = 1000’s, column 2 = 100’s, column 3 = 10’s, column 4 = units
  8. Average Monthly Rainfall plotted over a year

Improving Your Quality of Life

Perhaps the city you live in isn’t providing the quality of life you’re after. So, what can you do to improve it?

Okay, you can’t change the temperature, hours of sunlight, rainfall or population density. Nor can you make a big change to pollution levels in your city. But if you love where you live and also want to improve your quality of life you can make the most of what’s available. Here are some ideas on how.

Improving Your Quality of Life at Home:

  • Let in the light: Daylight improves our mood and outlook, which all adds to our quality of life. Maximise your exposure to the sunlight available by making sure it filters through your home. You can achieve this by adding larger windows or doors with a vast expanse of glass. Bifold doors are a great option for increasing the sunlight in your home.
  • Home working: Average monthly salary affects overall quality of life. But if you enjoy earning that salary more it could improve things for you. Creating a sanctuary to work in at home will make all those hours spent toiling that little bit more pleasant.
  • Add a little green: Create your own green space in your home. If nature and plant life are good for us, why not cultivate your own garden or house plants to create the benefit of green space without leaving the comfort of your own home?

Good Habits to Improve Quality of Life:

  • Spend more time outside: Make the most of limited sunshine by actually enjoying it. Enjoy the green space available by spending time in it. You can’t increase what’s there, but by increasing your exposure to it you’ll be improving your own personal quality of life.
  • Find some quiet: In densely populated areas you can find a sense of freedom in a quiet space of your own. Whether that’s an uncluttered space at home or a wide-open outdoor area, find what works for you and regularly spend time there when things get too much.
  • Limit time in polluted air: If you do live in a city with higher levels of air pollution, try to limit your exposure to this. Spending more time indoors can help, as can spending less time around sources of air pollution such as busy roads.