Hyderabad is best In­dian city to live in

Vi­enna tops Mercer’s Qual­ity of Liv­ing Re­port 2016 global rank­ing

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - HT Es­tates Correspondent

Hyderabad is ranked the top In­dian city in the qual­ity of liv­ing rank­ing for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive year, as per Mercer’s Qual­ity of Liv­ing Re­port 2016. The city has slipped one rank from last year to 139, due to in­creased power dis­rup­tions and ex­treme weather sit­u­a­tions, par­tic­u­larly in May 2015. At that time, ex­treme heat caused ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 deaths na­tion­wide. Andhra Pradesh and Te­lan­gana were par­tic­u­larly af­fected, with more than 1,700 deaths recorded.

Other In­dian cities rank much lower with Pune slot­ted at 144. The sur­vey high­lights that In­dian cities haven’t made much progress on the qual­ity of liv­ing scale, scor­ing the same as last year. Over time, cities like Hyderabad, Pune and Chen­nai have emerged as cities of choice due to fac­tors such as lower crime rate, lesser air pol­lu­tion and im­proved op­tions for in­ter­na­tional and rep­utable English-speak­ing schools. Both Hyderabad and Pune rank higher for qual­ity of liv­ing than the coun­try’s more tra­di­tional busi­ness cen­tres, Mum­bai and New Delhi ranked at 152 and 161, re­spec­tively.

Glob­ally, Vi­enna has been rated as the city with the best qual­ity of liv­ing for the third con­sec­u­tive time, fol­lowed by Zurich ( 2), Auck­land ( 3), and Mu­nich ( 4). Van­cou­ver ( 5) is North Amer­ica’s high­est rank­ing city, and Sin­ga­pore is the high­est rank­ing Asian city, hold­ing 26th place.

De­spite re­cent se­cu­rity is­sues, so­cial un­rest and con­cern about the re­gion’s eco­nomic out­look, Euro­pean cities con­tinue to of­fer some of the world’s high­est qual­ity of liv­ing. Safety, in par­tic­u­lar, is a key fac­tor for multi­na­tion­als to con­sider when send­ing ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers, both be­cause it raises con­cerns about the ex­pat’s per­sonal safety and be­cause it has a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the cost of global com­pen­sa­tion pro­grammes.

Mercer’s Qual­ity of Liv­ing sur­veys pro­vide data and rec­om­men­da­tions for over 450 cities world­wide. This year’s rank­ing in­cludes 230 of th­ese cities. The pa­ram­e­ters taken into ac­count for the sur­vey in­clude political and so­cial en­vi­ron­ment, med­i­cal care and health con­sid­er­a­tions, pub­lic ser­vices, recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties and nat­u­ral en­v­i­ron- ment among oth­ers. Mercer’s sur­vey also iden­ti­fies the per­sonal safety rank­ing for the full list of cities. It is based on in­ter­nal sta­bil­ity, crime fig­ure lev­els, per­for­mance of lo­cal law en­force­ment, and the home coun­try’s re­la­tion­ship with other coun­tries. Lux­em­bourg tops the per­sonal safety list and is fol­lowed by Bern, Helsinki, and Zurich – all tied in se­cond place. Bagh­dad (230) and Da­m­as­cus (229) are the world’s least safe cities ac­cord­ing to the rank­ing. The safest In­dian cities are Chen­nai, Hyderabad and Ben­galuru – all ranked 113, 121 and 123, re­spec­tively.

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Hyderabad has slipped one rank from last year to 139, due to in­creased power dis­rup­tions and ex­treme weather sit­u­a­tions.

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