Quality of living, safety place S’pore as top-ranked Asian city

December 2nd, 2011 at 12:09 am

The Republic has been ranked 25th on the Mercer’s Quality of Living survey – beating cities like Tokyo and Hong Kong to be the highest-ranked Asian city in terms of quality of living and safety.

Vienna topped the list of 221 cities, while Baghdad came in last. Singapore rose in the rankings after coming in 28th last year.

The worldwide rankings are announced annually and are based on the Worldwide Quality of Living Survey done by human resource consultancy Mercer.

It ranks the cities in the world according to the living conditions in the countries – which include factors like public transport, housing, climate and schools.

Singapore’s closest neighbours Johor Baru came in at 101th place while Kuala Lumpur was ranked 76th. Other major cities in Asia that were ranked in the top 100 include Tokyo (46th), Hong Kong (70th), Seoul (80th) and Taipei (85th).

This year, the survey also differentiated the countries in terms of safety – looking at internal stability, crime levels, the effectiveness of law enforcement and international relations of the country the city is in.

Luxembourg topped this list, while Singapore came in eighth – the only Asian country in the top 30. Five Japanese cities – Tokyo, Kobe, Nagoya, Yokohama and Osaka – came in at 31st place.

Close on Singapore’s heels are Auckland and Wellington, tied in ninth place.

Kuala Lumpur and Johor Baru both came in 75th in the safety ranking.

The list is meant to help multinational companies decide where to open offices and make decisions on their employees’ wages.

New York City is used as the baseline city from which the other cities are compared against.