KL, JB among top cities in Asia for living quality

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2019

According to the latest annual survey by Mercer Management Consulting, Taipei ranks as No.84 in the world for its quality of living, while Taichung comes in at No.101.

Austria's capital Vienna topped the rankings for the 10th year in a row, earning praise for its beautiful tourist attractions and high standard of living despite cheap public services and abundant social housing.

The Austrian capital was one of eight European cities in the top 10 in the survey by Mercer, a human-resources consultancy.

Being medium-sized, safe and relatively green are some of the features it shares with second-placed Zurich, a much more expensive city and major financial center, as well as with Auckland, Munich and Vancouver, which came joint third.

Its index, however, was based on data analyzed between September and November 2018, meaning it did not take into account recent developments such as a massive blackout that has crippled oil exports and made already scarce food rot.

The survey, designed as a tool to help worldwide organisations determine salary levels for expatriate employees, is based on 39 criteria.

These include the environments of political-social, economic, socio-cultural, medical and health, schools and education, public services and transportation, recreation, consumer goods, housing, and natural environment.

In this year's Mercer report, the strong European performance was contrasted by declining fortunes for USA cities, which all dropped except for NY (44th), where the ongoing decrease in crime rates allowed it to jump a spot.

"We continue to see huge forward-thinking policies that have enabled Singapore to develop economically and infrastructurally, bringing benefits to its residents, whilst making the city Asia's most attractive destination for foreign talent". After these cities are Hong Kong and Seoul, which rose two places from the year before from returning political stability following the arrest of its president last year.

As for Southern Asia, the Indian cities of New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru remained unchanged from last year's ranking for overall quality of living. Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, and Sanaa in Yemen were 230th and 229th respectively.

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