Auckland ranks third for quality of life

View of Auckland, New Zealand from the North Head Historical Reserve. Photo: Amy Henderson

Auckland has come third in an international ranking for quality of life out of 450 other cities surveyed.

Every year Mercer, one of the world’s largest consultancy firms, releases its Quality of Living Index, which is one of the most comprehensive of its kind and is carried out annually to ‘help multinational companies and other employers to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments’, according to Mercer.

The ranking placed Auckland in third place just behind Zurich, Switzerland, which placed second and Vienna, Austria, which placed first.

Auckland nearly tops the list with its ‘well-balanced economy, idyllic environment, and high levels of personal safety’ but Vienna and Zurich just snuck ahead. Baghdad, Iraq was seen to be the city with the worst quality of life.

Mercer evaluates local living conditions in more than 450 cities surveyed worldwide. Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors and grouped into 10 categories which take into account: political and social environment, economic environment, socio-cultural environment, medical and health considerations, schools and education, public services and transportation, recreation, consumer goods, housing and natural environment.

Looks like little old New Zealand is just as amazing as we thought.

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