Durban Tops the List Again!!

The Best Cities to Live in South Africa and the world. The annual global Quality of Living Index by HR consulting firm Mercer has upheld Durban’s place as the south African city which offers the best quality of life. According to Mecer, Durban ranks above the country’s traditional economic powerhouse of Johannesburg, and tourist mecca, […]
An Aerial View of Our Beautiful Promenade.
An Aerial View of Our Beautiful Promenade.

The Best Cities to Live in South Africa and the world.

The annual global Quality of Living Index by HR consulting firm Mercer has upheld Durban’s place as the south African city which offers the best quality of life.
According to Mecer, Durban ranks above the country’s traditional economic powerhouse of Johannesburg, and tourist mecca, Cape Town.
The ranking is considered one of the most comprehensive of its kind, and is put out annually to help multinational companies and other employers compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

The group looked at 450 cities across the world, and analysed them based on 10 categories that cover areas such as political stability, crime, banking services, medical facilities, quality of schools, infrastructure, entertainment and housing, among many others.

Durban was ranked 85th out of 230 cities – maintaining its rank for the third year in a row.
Durban’s higher ranking is mainly due to its high-quality housing, plentiful recreational offerings and good consumer goods availability. However, the city’s crime problems keep it from climbing higher on the list. Our city of Durban will host the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Durban is the Host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games
Durban is the Host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Cape Town ranked 92nd – down one place from 2015, with Johannesburg ranked 95th – also one position lower in the ranking. Both cities have continued to drop on the list over the years.
On top of being ranked tops in South Africa, Durban was also ranked as the second best city in Africa, just behind Port Louis in Mauritius (83rd).

Best and worst cities

According to Mercer, Western European cities have continued to outperform the rest of the world when it comes to expat quality of living, with seven of the top ten spots being in the region.
Developing and dangerous war-torn cities make up the bottom of the rankings.

Here are the top and bottom 10, along with South Africa’s cities as ranked.
#                         City                                Country
1                         Vienna                           Austria
2                        Zurich                            Switzerland
3                       Auckland                       New Zealand
4                       Munich                          Germany
5                        Vancouver                     Canada
6                       Dusseldorf                     Germany
7                       Frankfurt                       Germany
8                       Geneva                            Switzerland
9                       Copenhagen                   Denmark
10                     Sydney                            Australia

85                    Durban                           South Africa
92                    Cape Town                     South Africa
95                    Johannesburg                South Africa

221                 Conakry                           Guinea
222                Kinshasa                          DRC
223                Brazzaville                        Republic of Congo
224                Damascus                        Syria
225               N’Djamena                       Chad
226               Khartoum                         Sudan
227               Port au Prince                  Haiti
228               Sana’a                                Yemen
229              Bangui                                CAR
230             Baghdad                              Iraq
Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories:

• Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc.)
• Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services)
• Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom)
• Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc)
Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools)
• Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion, etc)
• Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc)
• Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc)
• Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services)
• Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)

Source: Businesstech.co.za