Mercer Global Survey: US Ranks Low in Quality of Living

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According to the latest annual survey by Mercer Management Consulting, Taipei ranks as No.84 in the world for its quality of living, while Taichung comes in at No.101.

Dublin placed one rank higher than previous year.

Singapore has come out tops as the country with the highest quality of living in Asia-Pacific, with the highest rank in personal safety.

The survey also highlighted notable cities in South-east Asia, such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta.

Surveying some 231 global cities, Mercer establishes the ranking based on criteria including crime rates, public transport, waste disposal services, climate, and electricity supplies.

In this year's Mercer report, the strong European performance was contrasted by declining fortunes for United States cities, which all dropped except for NY (44th), where the ongoing decrease in crime rates allowed it to jump a spot.

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The Mercer survey evaluates local living conditions in more than 450 cities worldwide.

New Zealand and Australia continue to rank highly in quality of living, with Auckland (3), Sydney (11), Wellington (15), and Melbourne (17) all remaining in the top 20.

Luxembourg City was named the world's safest city, with central and eastern European cities including Prague, Vilnius, and Warsaw seeing a steady improvement in terms of personal safety. The biggest fallers in Western Europe between 2005 and 2019 were Brussels (47), due to recent terrorist attacks, and Athens (102), reflecting its slow recovery from economic and political upheaval following the global financial crisis. Notably, Phom Penh is considered the city with the lowest quality of living in Asia.

In South America, Montevideo (78) is ranked highest, while continued political turmoil kicked Caracas (202) down nine spots.

Yerevan is ranked 170th among 231 cities, in between Jilin (China) and Vientiane (Laos).

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