Hong Kong is more liveable than Singapore

Glen Norman
August 15, 2018

The survey measures 140 cities across the globe on a range of factors, including political and social stability, crime, culture and environment, infrastructure, education and access to healthcare.

At the other end of the table, Damascus retained last place, followed by the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, and Lagos in Nigeria.

"Not only has Vienna displaced Melbourne to become the most liveable city, but a total of 77 cities have seen a change in their liveability ratings".

In stability, the city received 20, 45.8 in health care, 66.7 in education, 51.8 in infrastructure and 38.7 in culture and environment.


Basically, the best places on the liveability scale are Canada - they provided 3 of the top 10 - and America.

The report found the cities that tended to score best were mid-sized cities in wealthier countries.

The Economist said that crime, civil unrest, terrorism or war played a "strong role" in the ten-lowest scoring cities.

The rest of the top 10 was made up of Vancouver in Canada, Toronto in Canada, Tokyo in Japan, Copenhagen in Denmark and Adelaide in Australia.


Melbourne has fallen to second place on the rankings.

Survey editor Roxana Slavcheva said that security has improved in "several western European cities" and Vienna's top place reflects "a relative return to stability across much of Europe".

Japan, which alongside Osaka boasted Tokyo in the top ten (joint seventh), is the glaring exception to that rule with a nationwide average of 347 people per square kilometre but its cities are still famed for their transport networks and living standards.

Other notables included Paris (19), Hong Kong (35), London (48) and NY (57). The placement is slightly improved from last year's report, when Calgary came in fifth on the list.


"Although it was overtaken by Singapore in the rankings for the first time a year ago, Hong Kong has now surpassed its regional rival, albeit with only a marginal difference of 0.1% overall". San Juan saw the sharpest fall of 21 places as its infrastructure took a hit after two hurricanes struck Puerto Rico in September 2017.

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