Hong Kong climbs three places to 43rd in global livability rankings

Singapore rises to 46th; stability a factor with many other cities affected by fear of terrorist attacks and political conflicts

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 August, 2016, 10:15am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 August, 2016, 11:48am

Hong Kong placed 43rd in the latest global livability rankings, climbing three places up from last year.

Singapore also rose three places to 46th on the list compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, a research and analysis division of British media company the Economist Group.

But the scores for Hong Kong and Singapore – 88.8 and 88.7 respectively – remained unchanged, meaning their rise was due mainly to a decline in livability in other cities.

The ranking rates 140 cities across the world based on over 30 factors in five main categories, namely stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

According to the unit, Hong Kong and Singapore’s unchanged scores reflected that the two regions remained relatively stable, while many other cities were affected by fear of terrorist attacks and political conflicts.

The ranking showed that livability had deteriorated in 29 of the 140 cities this year. Paris, which had suffered from a series of attacks, fell from 29th last year to 32nd.

Melbourne, with a score of 97.5, retained its top position on the ranking, while Vienna and Vancouver were ranked the second and third.

Suzhou ranked the highest among all mainland cities, at 72nd, while Beijing and Shanghai were at 73rd and 82nd.

Tokyo ranked 13th, the highest among all Asian cities.