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Livability in Singapore 5

Hong Kong is another Asian city that frequently features at the top (the best being 11th place in 2013). Other cities are Beijing, Nanjing and Xiamen for their infrastructure, although excessive levels of air pollution took some of the sheen off. Some Malaysian and Thai locations too have been rising on the liveability rankings. Bangkok was rated at 89, George Town and Kuala Lumpur took 97 and 98 respectively. Outside of Asia, cities in Australia and New Zealand offered the best quality of life. From the US, the top city in terms of liveability turns out to be Honululu - this took me aback as I had a perception (for whatever reason) that this spot would be occpied by some Californian city.

 

Atlanta from 2012 US trip.

Livability in Singapore 5

Hong Kong is another Asian city that frequently features at the top (the best being 11th place in 2013). Other cities are Beijing, Nanjing and Xiamen for their infrastructure, although excessive levels of air pollution took some of the sheen off. Some Malaysian and Thai locations too have been rising on the liveability rankings. Bangkok was rated at 89, George Town and Kuala Lumpur took 97 and 98 respectively. Outside of Asia, cities in Australia and New Zealand offered the best quality of life. From the US, the top city in terms of liveability turns out to be Honululu - this took me aback as I had a perception (for whatever reason) that this spot would be occpied by some Californian city.

 

Atlanta from 2012 US trip.

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Dec 2019, 00:52
Humans are rapidly transforming into city livers, and the cities are growing bigger and bigger. Getting around in these places presents a major part of the challenge for livability.

The two cities I know best...Melbourne and Bangkok...would rate well because they are doing well in those areas, but in different ways...Melbourne has retained and even expanded its old tramways...Bangkok is trowing up a massive amount of elevated roads and light rail.
Ayush Basu: Efficient public transport is good investment, Ray.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 31 Dec 2019, 06:22
Some interesting statistics, Ayush
Ayush Basu: One thing lead to another and I kept on looking for some time, Lisl.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 Dec 2019, 06:52
Odd isn't it, this looks like America..
Ayush Basu: This is Atlanta, from my archives, Chris.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Dec 2019, 07:02
I may have said before before but I've always been suspicious of how such city rankings are derived. I'm are I would have a different set of criteria if they asked me. I've just seen Chris's comment; it look very much like an American city. Even the street signs look the same.
Ayush Basu: Yes, the metrics needs to be understood before looking at the rankings, Alan. This is Atlanta, from my archives.
I'm not sure Hong Kong has a lot going for it at the moment!
Ayush Basu: It does not look encouraging at this time, Bill!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 Dec 2019, 08:53
Singapore is often mentioned in our newspapers as a city of best quality of life. My hometown Münster is also praised as a livabile city, but it is small (300.000 inhabtants) compared with the cities you mentioned. This looks like America or London or Frankfurt or .. indeed.
Ayush Basu: There are several things going for Singapore at the moment, Philine.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 31 Dec 2019, 09:01
That is very interesting Ayush. Quality of life can, presumably, have various subjective measures. I can understand that Melbourne would be rated well but, although Singapore has the right ingredients, during our visit we found it too humid to walk around much, something we like to do. We noticed that most people, who were not poor, travelled by car and visited air conditioned places.
I'm not sure everybody caught on that this is Atlanta, Ginnie would recognise it of course. As Bill says Hong Kong has major problems at the moment, not a good place to live.
Canada usually rates highly in these scales.
i love the way that you framed this image Ayush... Singapore looks like very clean city....petersmile
I too am surprised by Honolulu, which I didn't like at all - somewhere like Seattle or Portland, Oregon, would be much better.
Je te souhaite une très bonne année et une bonne santé !
I should have known immediately that that was Atlanta, especially if I had squinted to see the W. Peachtree PL NW! Atlanta has its plusses but traffic is not one of them!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Jan 2020, 09:10
Livability and how it is measured. Clean air - then the non-industrialised cities should do better. But then, where would the inhabitants be employed?

Infrastructure - I like the Hong Kong approach of one (low) tariff for all travelling on public transport. It helps with "livable".

And so one can add many characteristics, but I believe the main ingredient will be the will of the people to contribute meaningful.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Jan 2020, 09:11
The moment I saw this picture, Ayush I knew this was somewhere in the USA...
Like Ginnie I saw this is "a" Peachtree street/avenue/whatever...
I have been in Atlanta now for 10 years and I still don't know my way around...
I just did a search "71 streets
In fact, it is often joked by natives that half of the streets in Atlanta are named Peachtree, and the other half have five names to make up for it. While “Peachtree” alone almost always refers to this street or its continuations, there are 71 streets in Atlanta with a variant of “Peachtree” in their name."....
No wonder that I am always confused grin......
Coming back to your story, Honolulu is one of those places that sounds like "idyllic", but nor reachable for normal people like me wink....
I like the broad street, Ayush smile
Happy New Year!
the city looks nice! not too much haze in the distance... great shot, Ayush!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 7 Jan 2020, 00:46
a very impressive capture from your vantage point

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