Hualien County ranked as coun­try’s hap­pi­est place to re­side, says sur­vey

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Hualien County has been rated as the hap­pi­est place to live in Tai­wan, fol­lowed by Taitung County and the off­shore Penghu County, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey of the 2015 na­tional hap­pi­ness in­dex.

New Taipei City, Chi­ayi County and Yun­lin County were ranked as the least happy cities in that or­der, ac­cord­ing to the in­dex, which is based on a sur­vey of 20 coun­ties and cities in Tai­wan.

The sur­vey, con­ducted by the Chi­nese-lan­guage Eco­nomic Daily News and Nan­Shan Life In­sur- ance, also showed that Taipei City was the hap­pi­est of the coun­try’s six spe­cial mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, while New Taipei City was at the bot­tom of the list.

Taipei in fourth place and Taoyuan in fifth were the only two among the six mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to be listed in the top 10 na­tion­wide.

The other three mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, Tainan, Kaoh­si­ung and Taichung, were ranked 12th, 13th and 14th, re­spec­tively, na­tion­wide.

Hualien has been ranked as the hap­pi­est place to live in Tai­wan mainly be­cause its res­i­dents’ sub­jec­tive feel­ings of hap­pi­ness are driven by strong lev­els of sat­is­fac­tion with work-life bal­ance, liv­ing con­di­tions, ed­u­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­men­tal qual­ity and the per­for­mance of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment, the sur­vey in­di­cated.

Hs­inchu County, mean­while, fell nine places from last year to 11th, based on dis­sat­is­fac­tion over health and per­sonal safety and work-life bal­ance, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey.

Miaoli County and Hs­inchu City both dropped five notches this year due to de­clin­ing lev­els of sub­jec­tive sat­is­fac­tion, the sur­vey showed.

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