Wanting something that’s great to be even better is no bad thing – but the Mercer 2008 Quality of Living survey our today shows we’ve quite a bit to be happy about.
Auckland (#5 in the world) is the city in Asia Pacific with the best quality of living, followed by Sydney (#10) and Wellington (#12). It’s worth noting that Auckland and Wellington are the same as last year whereas Sydney has slipped slightly (#9 to #10). Melbourne and Perth are ranked 17 and 21 respectively.
The Herald reports:
They’re the very things we love to complain about, but public transport, a top-notch health service and attractive rental accommodation make New Zealand’s cities among the best places in the world to live.
Auckland and Wellington both received perfect scores for housing, with surveyors commenting on their attractive rental properties and prestigious residential districts. They tied at 10th in the world for personal safety. In comparison Chicago, Houston and San Francisco are amongst the safest cities in the US, all ranking at 53.
In the UK, London ranks 38, while Birmingham and Glasgow are jointly 56. The highest entry for the United States is Honolulu, appearing at number 28.
The cities with the lowest quality of living ranking are Ndjamena (#211), Khartoum (#212), Brazzaville (#213) and Bangui (#214). Baghdad, ranking 215, retains its position at the bottom of the table.
[Update: Jafapete chips in here.]