Bangalore tops quality index
Bangalore is the best city in India for the quality of living it offers and Mumbai gets top slot for infrastructure. Vienna dominates world ranking in both categories
European cities continue to dominate the top rankings both for quality of living and city infrastructure. While Vienna remains at the top, Baghdad was at the bottom on overall quality of living.
According to the Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey, among Indian cities, Bangalore is ranked 139, New Delhi 143, Mumbai 146, Chennai 150 and Kolkata 151 in the overall quality of living. Bangalore’s overall quality of living rank rises from 141 in 2011 to 139 in 2012 and is highest amongst other Indian cities. Bangalore’s rise in its quality of living ranking can be attributed to positive ratings for international schools that are suitable for expatriates.
On the city infrastructure rating, Mumbai (134) ranks highest followed by Kolkata (141), New Delhi (153), Chennai (168) and Bangalore (170).
At the international level, Singapore ranks highest for city infrastructure and Portau-Prince the lowest. Singapore also ranks highest for overall quality of living among Asia cities on the index.
Vienna retains the top spot as the city with the world’s best quality of living. Zurich and Auckland follow in second and third place, respectively, and Munich is in fourth place, followed by Vancouver, ranked fifth. Düsseldorf dropped one spot to rank sixth followed by Frankfurt in seventh, Geneva in eighth, Copenhagen in ninth, and Bern and Sydney tied for tenth place.
Among Asia Pacific cities, Australian and New Zealand cities rank higher on the index with Sydney (11), Wellington (13), Melbourne (18) and Perth (21) following Auckland (3).
Globally, the cities with the lowest quality of living are Khartoum, Sudan (217); N’Djamena, Chad (218); Portau-Prince, Haiti (219); and Bangui, Central African Republic (220). Baghdad, Iraq (221) ranks last.
Mercer conducts this sur- vey annually to help multinational companies and other organisations compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. Mercer’s Quality of Living reports provide valuable information and hardship premium recommendations for many cities throughout the world. Mercer’s Quality of Living index list covers 221 cities, ranked against New York as the base city.
This year’s ranking separately identifies the cities with the best infrastructure based on electricity supply, water availability, telephone and mail services, public transportation, traffic congestion and the range of international flights from local airports. Singapore is at the top of this index, followed by Frankfurt and Munich in second place. Copenhagen (4) and Dusseldorf (5) fill the next two slots, while Hong Kong and London share sixth place. Port-au-Prince (221) ranks at the bottom of the list.
“In order for multinational companies to ensure their expatriates are compensated appropriately and an adequate hardship allowance is included in compensation packages, they must be aware of current events and local circumstances,” said Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer. “Factors such as internal stability, law enforcement effectiveness, crime levels and medical facilities are important to consider when deciding on an international assignment, and the impact on daily life that could be encountered by the expatriate in overseas placements.”
“Infrastructure has a significant effect on the quality of living that expatriates experience. While often taken for granted when functioning to a high standard, a city’s infrastructure can generate severe hardship when it is deficient. Companies need to provide adequate allowances to compensate their international workers for these and other hardships,” Parakatil added.
In terms of city infrastruc- ture, Singapore has the highest ranking worldwide followed by Hong Kong (6), Sydney (8), Perth (25), Tokyo (32) and Melbourne (34). Adelaide and Brisbane both ranked 37. Nagoya (41), Auckland (43), Kobe (44), Wellington (48), Seoul (50) and Osaka (51) are the next highest-ranking cities in this region. The region’s lowestranking city for city infrastructure is Dhaka, Bangladesh (205).
“A noticeable gap can be seen among Asia Pacific cities where several cities have improved in the region partly because they have been investing massively in infrastructure and public services,” said Phil Stanley, Asia Pacific global mobility leader. Competition among municipalities has been continuously increasing in order to attract multinationals, foreigners, expatriates and tourists. Yet a considerable number of Asian cities rank in the bottom quartile, mainly due to high political volatility, poor infrastructure and obsolete public services, he said.