Under the title "Paradise Found – Analytically, the Best Place on Earth" , the US business analytics provider SAS Institute analyzed the data for 148,233 locations in 193 countries. Data from 1,124 sources flowed into the study, including city studies, social media, travel portals, geodata, and international organizations. The algorithm rated the locations in eight categories, namely Healthcare, Nature, Restaurants & Shopping, Cost of Living, Security and Infrastructure, Culture, Family Friendliness, and Education & Careers. Machine learning and data mining methods were used in the analysis and the SAS platform served as the basis for the study.
West Perth, a district of Perth on the west coast of Australia, was finally found to be the best place in the world, followed by Feijenoord, a district of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. New York took third place. Visitors to the website can change the weighting of the categories according to their own taste using a Paradise Configurator , and thus find their own personal paradise on Earth.