Hong Kong remains in the upper third of global cities but falls behind regional rival

When it comes to the best places to live and work, it seems that Hong Kong still needs to put in a little more effort.

Global human resources consultant Mercer recently released its 18th annual Quality of Living survey on Tuesday. Among 230 cities listed, Hong Kong once again placed 70th in the rankings, retaining its spot from last year. The city ranks 7th in Asia.

It shares a spot with Detroit, which also ranks at 70.

The survey results puts Hong Kong several places behind Singapore, which was ranked at 26, the leading position in Asia. It is also the safest city in the region, and 8th in the world. Hong Kong ranks 37th in terms of safety, the second in Asia.

Following Singapore, the region's leading cities include Tokyo at 44, Kobe at 46, Yokohama at 49, Osaka at 58, and Nagoya at 62. Hong Kong beat Seoul at 73, Taipei at 84, and Kuala Lumpur at 86, closing off Asia's top 10.

Among Mainland China cities, Shanghai leads at 101, bumped off the top 100 spot by Taichung. It is followed by Beijing and Guangzhou at 118 and 119 respectively, placing them in the lower 50% of the rankings.

Mercer's Quality of Living survey is topped by Vienna, followed by Zurich, Auckland, Munich, Vancouver, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Copenhagen, and Sydney.

At the bottom of the list are Conakry, Kinshasa, Brazzaville, Damascus, N'Djamena, Khartoum, Port-au-Prince, Sana'a, Bangui, and lastly, Baghdad, which also ranks the lowest in terms of safety.

Mercer provides human resource solutions for multinational enterprises and expatriate professionals worldwide.

Photo By WiNG - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

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