Auckland was last week named one of the “hippest” cities in the world by the new York Times, now the City of Sails has been named one of the most liveable.
Auckland has ranked third in the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey, behind Vienna which took out the top spot, and Zurich.
Wellington placed 13th and Baghdad was last.
Auckland moved up one spot from fourth place last year, while Wellington retained the same spot. Both cities have been in the top rankings for the past four years where the survey found they had offered world class living standards and excellent working conditions for expatriates as well as a “promising retreat from economic and political unrest”.
“New Zealand reamins an attractive destination for skilled workers who want a high quality of life coupled with economic and physical security. In contrast to Europe and the United States, New Zealand has a relatively strong economic outlook which increases its appeal as a safe haven from economic uncertainty,” said Georgina Harley, leader of Mercer’s Information Product Solutions business.
“New Zealand cities consistently score highly on all liveability factors, providing expatriates with quality housing, excellent infrastructure, comprehensive health care, a wide selection of restaurants and other amenities, as well as a good education and environment for their families.”
The global survey evaluates 221 cities – comparing it to New York City as a base city – on political and socio-economic environment, medical and health considerations, education, transport and housing.
Last week, the New York Times named Auckland as one of the 10 hip cities that think about the way they work. It also praised the city for its transport system and falsely claimed we had a “subway, trams buses and ferries”.
While there may be no subway system, Auckland Mayor Len Brown’s council is backing a $2.3 billion, 3.5km inner-city underground rail link which will double the number of trains through Britomart.
Across the Tasman, Sydney placed best, ranked 11th, Melbourne was 18th and Perth at 21.
These cities were closely followed by Canberra, 26, Adelaide, 30, and Brisbane, 37.