Auckland ranks high globally for best quality of living

by NZ Adviser24 Mar 2017
New Zealand’s largest city has been ranked third and Wellington fifteenth in a ranking of cities around the world with the highest quality of living. 

Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5) were the only non-European cities to feature in the top ten according to Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey. 

Vienna remained in first place for overall quality of living for the 8th year in a row, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities: Zurich is in second place, with Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and tied in tenth place, Basel and Sydney.

Mercer’s survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive and is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

Mercer’s survey also includes a city infrastructure ranking that assesses each city’s supply of electricity, drinking water, telephone and mail services, and public transportation as well as traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from local airports. 

Singapore tops the city infrastructure ranking, followed by Frankfurt and Munich both in 2nd place. 

“Cities that rank high in the city infrastructure list provide a combination of top-notch local and international airport facilities, varied and extended coverage through their local transportation networks, and innovative solutions such as smart technology and alternative energy,” said Slagin Parakatil, principal at Mercer. 

“Most cities now align variety, reliability, technology, and sustainability when designing infrastructure for the future.” 

However, New Zealand cities didn’t make the top ten when ranked for infrastructure. From Australia, only Sydney (8) made the cut, with Perth (32), Melbourne (34), and Brisbane (37) also ranking well for infrastructure in Oceania. 

By and large, cities in Oceania enjoy good quality of living, though criteria such as airport connectivity and traffic congestion are among the factors that see them ranked lower in terms of city infrastructure.

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