The city of pearls emerged as the top city in the country in the quality of living ranking for the second year in a row. Hyderabad also figured in the top three Indian cities in personal safety ranking, with Chennai ahead of it and Bangalore right behind it.
Lower crime rate, lesser air pollution and improved options for international and reputable English speaking schools are few of the reasons why the city is being opted for quality living, according to Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings 2016 released recently.
The parameters taken into account for the survey include political and social environment, medical care and health considerations, public services, recreation facilities and natural environment amongst others.
Worldwide, Hyderabad is still ranked a lowly 139 followed by Pune, which is ranked at 144. Traditional business and political centres like Mumbai and New Delhi are ranked at 152 and 161 respectively. Vienna in Austria has been rated as the best for the third consecutive time in the world.
The survey highlights that Indian cities haven’t made much progress on the quality of living scale, scoring nearly the same as they did last year. Interestingly, Hyderabad has slipped one rank from last year to 139, on account of increased power disruptions, claims the Mercer survey. The power disruptions are attributed to extreme weather situation, particularly in May 2015, when extreme heat caused several deaths in Telangana.
Luxembourg tops the personal safety list and is followed by Bern, Helsinki, and Zurich – all tied in 2nd place. Baghdad (230) and Damascus (229) are the world’s least safe cities, says the report.
Interestingly, the survey suggests that Indian cities are safer than most others in South Asia. Though Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo is above Hyderabad by 6 ranks, at 132, Dhaka in Bangladesh is ranked 216 and Pakistan’s Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi are ranked 193, 199 and 202 respectively. Dubai (75) continues to rank highest for quality of living across Africa and the Middle East, followed by Abu Dhabi (81) and Port Louis (83) in Mauritius.
Despite economic uncertainties, Western European cities continue to enjoy some of the highest quality of living worldwide; they fill seven places in the top-10 list. Vancouver (5) is the highest ranking city, followed by Toronto (15) and Ottawa (17) in North America. In the United States, San Francisco (28) ranks highest for quality of living, followed by Boston (34), Honolulu (35), Chicago (43), and New York City (44).
Mercer’s survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive, and is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other employers to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. This year’s ranking included 230 cities.