Best Places to Live in Turkey

Turkey has always been a popular destination for tourists, but if you want to settle and looking for the best places to live in Turkey, Turkey offers you more than one. If you wish to live in a metropolis or a quiet place, Turkey has the potential to meet the criteria of all types of people. Here’s a list of some of the most livable cities in Turkey!


Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, and it is also the most popular cosmopolitan city with a population of 16 million. Besides its culture and history, Istanbul, settled partly in Asia and Europe, has a unique location. There are two sides in Istanbul, the European and Anatolian sides. The Anatolian side of Istanbul is quieter as compared to the European side. Central districts like Kadikoy, Besiktas, Sisli, and Sariyer are the best places to live in and most ex-pats prefer one of these districts Istanbul. In one of these districts, you can reach everywhere easily. The biggest problem in the city is traffic. However, it seems the people overcome this situation with the ferries. Living in Istanbul is expensive as compared to the other cities. However, according to statistics, a single person’s monthly cost of living is around TL 3,337 (USD 475) excluding rent.


Eskisehir, which means “The Old City” in Turkish, is one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey. It is also known as the city of students. Probably this is why Eskisehir is the safest city in Turkey. Eskisehir had a safety index of 82.62 in the year 2020 which is considered very high according to Numbeo Statistics. Also, Eskisehir is the cheapest place to live on this list. It is not a big city like Istanbul or Ankara so you can walk everywhere or take a tram. If you do not like crowded cities, Eskisehir is pne of the best places to live in Turkey!


Alanya, a developed district of Antalya, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Turkey. Usually, people visiting Alanya tend to stay in this beautiful city even after spending their holidays. A lot of foreigners have started moving and living in Alanya in recent years, and the district is lively even in winters! Alanya’s amazing beaches, nature, and clean air make it one of the best places to live in Turkey and even in the world!


Famous economy magazine Forbes has been ranking cities according to the data on livability, innovation, business skills, and accessibility to services for the last five years. In May 2019, Forbes Turkey stated that the best city to live in Turkey was Çanakkale. The city has a very rich past in terms of civilization history. Çanakkale is like an admixture of Eskisehir, Alanya, and Istanbul. It has the calmness of Eskisehir, the holiday spots of Alanya, and the cultural side of Istanbul. Çanakkale is cheaper than Alanya and Istanbul. Apartment rents in Çanakkale are 55.39% cheaper than in Istanbul. You can work, live and go on a holiday in Çanakkale!

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