According to a PricewaterhouseCooper’s (PwC) report, which recently came out this year, Singapore is ranked sixth out of the most liveable cities in the world.
Two Asian cities on list
There were only two Asian cities on the Top Ten list of the most liveable cities in the world. Besides Singapore, there was Hong Kong, which edged ahead of the Lion City by one placing – coming in fifth.
Top 10 cities
Sydney, the largest city in Australia, was ranked as the world’s most liveable city while London came second – edging out San Francisco.
The top ten cities are shown below. These are in order of ranking, from first to tenth.
- San Francisco
- Hong Kong
The judging criteria were based on the comparison of social and economic factors – in 30 cities around the world.
Six variables – working age of population, ease of commute, quality of living, cultural vibrancy, traffic congestion and relocation attractiveness – were used.
Sydney’s good quality of life was an important factor in the city topping the list. But added bonuses were a sophisticated culture and beautiful beaches.
Singapore Ranked Third Last Year – in another report
In another report released towards the end of last year, Singapore was ranked third, with Hong Kong in eighth placing.
This report was actually commissioned in 2008, but was only published last year.
Judging for this survey – conducted by the Asia Competitiveness Institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy – compared 64 countries in Asia, North and South America, Europe and the Middle East.
Variables used in last year’s report
There were five variables used for the judging last year – including domestic security and stability and economic vibrancy and competitiveness.
A difference in this study was that the variables used, applied only to local residents on medium income ranges, rather than expatriates or the social elite.
Geneva topped the list last year
Geneva, in Switzerland, topped the list of countries in last year’s report of the most liveable cities in the world.