THE GLOBAL SCENARIO
Asia has considerable variation in quality of living, according to Mercer’s Quality of Living Report 2016. In 26th place, Singapore remains its highest ranked city, whereas Dhaka (214) is the lowest. Following Singapore in South-East Asia is Kuala Lumpur (86). Other key cities include Bangkok (129), Manila (136), and Jakarta (142). In the Pacific, New Zealand and Australian cities are some of the highest-ranked cities globally, with Auckland in 3rd, Sydney in 10th, Wellington in 12th, and Melbourne in 16th place.
Despite economic uncertainties, Western European cities are among those with highest quality of living worldwide. They fill seven places in the top-10 list. Vienna continues to lead the ranking and has done so in the last seven published rankings. It is followed by Zurich (2), Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), and Copenhagen (9). The lowest ranking cities in Europe are Kiev (176), Tirana (179), and Minsk (190).
Quality of Living remains high in North America, where Canadian cities dominate the top of the list. Vancouver (5) is the highest ranking city, followed by Toronto (15) and Ottawa (17). In the United States, San Francisco (28) ranks highest for quality of living, followed by Boston (34), Honolulu (35), Chicago (43), and New York City (44).
Middle East and Africa
Dubai (75) continues to rank highest for quality of living across Africa and the Middle East, followed by Abu Dhabi (81) and Port Louis (83) in Mauritius.
In 26th place, Singapore remains Asia Pacific’s highest ranked city.