US Ranks Low in Quality of Living — Mercer Global Survey

15 Mars, 2019, 13:17 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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Copenhagen is the only Danish city included in the 231-city ranking.

KL was also second highest in Southeast Asia.

At the other end of the scale, Iraqi capital Baghdad was ranked at the bottom of the list.

Mercer said Caracas "saw living standards drop following significant political and economic instability".

Manila retains both its global ranking (137) and ranking in Asia (21).

Globally though, the city-state is only in 25th place. "The key is relevant, reliable data and standardised measurement, which are essential for employers to make critical decisions, from deciding where to establish offices to determining how to distribute, house and remunerate their global workforces".

Over in Asia, Singapore has the highest quality of living, followed by five Japanese cities: Tokyo (#49), Kobe (#49), Yokohama (#55), Osaka (#58), and Nagoya (#62). Bengaluru is ranked behind cities like Hyderabad and Pune but ahead of other metro cities like Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi.

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Mercer, a subsidiary of professional services firm Marsh & McLennan Companies, produces worldwide quality of living rankings annually from its Worldwide Quality of Living Survey. Munich, Germany 3. Auckland, New Zealand 6. Ongoing research on the practicalities of daily life for these expatriate employees and their families forms the basis of Mercer's annual ranking of the quality of living in many prevalent assignment locations.

The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer's index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row.

Issues around water scarcity contributed to Cape Town falling one place this year. Luxembourg was named as the safest city in the world, followed by Helsinki in Finland and the Swiss cities of Basel, Bern and Zurich.

This year the company created a rating of most safe cities. "Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa all rank a little bit lower because of the winter or harsh climate, which isn't quite as temperate as Vancouver", said Gordon Frost, a partner with Mercer. San Fransisco was the top-ranked U.S. city at 34.

Montevideo in Uruguay and Port Louis in Mauritius also remain the highest-ranking cities in South America and Africa, respectively. Seoul jumped two places from 2017 after their political stability returned when their president was arrested previous year.

Yerevan is ranked 170th among 231 cities, in between Jilin (China) and Vientiane (Laos). In the Middle East region, Dubai ranked 74, Damascus ranked 225 and Sanaa ranked 229. Thirteen out of the world's 20 best places to live are in Europe.

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