29 June 2010
The Mercer Quality of Living Survey rates over 220 cities throughout the world on variety of factors including the current political, social and economic environment. Housing, schools, public services and access to consumer goods are also considerations for the rankings.
Auckland topped the Asia Pacific category (coming in ahead of Sydney and Melbourne) and rated 4th equal overall, tied with Vancouver and coming in behind Vienna, Zurich and Geneva.
Wellington rated well in the Eco City category, coming in at 5th Placed overall in the world; number 1 in Asia Pacific. The eco ranking relates to water availability and drinkability, waste removal and quality of sewerage systems, air pollution and traffic congestion.
Baghdad remains the worst city on the index, placed last out of the 221 cities surveyed this year and London, Tokyo and New York came in at 39, 40 and 49 respectively. Australia fared well on the index with Sydney coming in at 10, Melbourne (18) and Perth (21).
Mr Slagin Parakatil, a representative from Mercer (a leading global provider of consulting, outsourcing and investment services) said that “Quality of living standards remained relatively stable on a global level throughout 2009 and the first half of 2010, but in certain regions and countries the economic recession had a noticeable impact on the business climate.” He went on to say “though a high standard of living may be taken for granted in certain cities, a lack thereof is much more noticeable and can even lead to severe hardship.”
Top 5 cities: Quality of living ranking
- Vienna, Austria (1st)
- Zurich, Switzerland (2nd)
- Geneva, Switzerland (3rd)
- Vancouver, Canada (tied 4th)
- Auckland, New Zealand (tied 4th)
Top 5 cities: Eco-city ranking
- Calgary, Canada (1st)
- Honolulu, United States (2nd)
- Ottawa, Canada (tied 3rd)
- Helsinki, Finland (tied 3rd)
- Wellington, New Zealand (5th)