France has again grabbed the No. 1 spot in International Living magazine's list of the 10 best places worldwide to live.

France scored high marks in everything from health care (100 points) to infrastructure (92 points) to its safety rating (100 points). But aficionados say the country's primary appeal is its overall quality of life, giving it 81 points in the culture and leisure category.

The U.S. came in seventh, dragged down by its economy - the cost of sustaining the American Dream has escalated out of reach for many, says publisher Jackie Flynn.

The magazine's top-10 best places to live are:

  • France
  • Australia
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • New Zealand
  • Luxembourg
  • United State
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Italy