In our first Teleport Cities feature post last week, we talked about choosing your preferences. Now let’s move on to how that helps you compare the cities that match you best!

Once you’re all done with choosing your preferences and inserting information, Teleport compares it to over a hundred data layers we’ve gathered for cities around the world on quality of life, living costs and startup scene activity.

Based on that, we calculate your match scores for every city. It might look like just a number, so to bring more life in it and make it more understandable for you, we’ve spent quite some time on how to visualize the match. We hope you’ll get a glimpse into how, say, Barcelona could be better or worse for your specific needs that Brussels.

By going to a city’s detail view and clicking on the score bar, you can see your match with that city broken down by every preference you chose. In the web app, you can just click on the “see score details” button under the match score.



The first number on the right hand side shows the score for this preference, the second is the maximum possible score. The maximum depends on how important you have marked the preference to be.

So, in the example above, if Los Angeles is ranked low when it comes to traffic and you’ve chosen that as something very important to you (weighed at 25% of your total score), then your overall match score will get just 6 points of 25 for traffic tolerability. Which as a result leads to your overall match score with L.A dropping by 19 points to 64/100.

If you you happen to be less of a quant person than the Teleport data science team, there’s also a short verbal summary under your match score in the mobile app  describing the city and how well it suits your needs overall. We are trying to word it as a short and easy to understand sentence, just something a well informed friend would tell you.


Hopefully this clears up what your match score really means, what it’s made up of and how you can get the most out of the comparison details we’ve calculated for you.

Looking for something else? Have a look at the first article in this series about choosing your preferences and keep an eye on our blog for more feature posts to come – we’ll cover all of it!

If you still have some questions, you can always drop us a message at