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Durban beats out Johannesburg and Cape Town

Durban has ranked 85th on the Mecer’s 2015 Quality of Living Rankings, whilst Cape Town came in at 91 and Johannesburg followed on 94.

According to the report, Durban’s “high-quality housing, plentiful recreational offerings and good consumer goods availability,” is what made the city knock out other local cities.

As part of the rankings, Mercer highlights select cities that are evolving as business centres around the world. Out of nine cities, Durban ranked the highest (85th) for being a growing manufacturing and shipping centre. However, the city’s problems with crime kept it from making it into the top 50.

The rankings cover 230 destinations for globally mobile talent. Each city’s ranking is determined by the following factors:

1. Political and social environment
2. Economic environment
3. Socio-cultural environment
4. Medical and health considerations
5. School and education
6. Public services and transportation
7. Recreation
8. Consumer goods
9. Housing
10. Natural environment

Top five cities with the best quality of living

Vienna tops the list as having the world’s best quality of living, and overall, European cities dominate while major cities in Australia and New Zealand feature in the top 10. North America only has one city cracking the top 10.

1. Vienna, Austria
2. Zurich, Switzerland
3. Auckland, New Zealand
4. Munich, Germany
5. Vancouver, Canada

And the five worst cities you could possibly live in?

1. N’Djamena, Chad
2. Khartoum, Sudan
3. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
4. Bangui, Central African Republic
5. Baghdad, Iraq

As part of the rankings, Mercer highlights select cities that are evolving as business centres around the world. Out of nine cities, Durban ranked the highest (85th) for being a growing manufacturing and shipping centre. However, the city’s problems with crime kept it from making it into the top 50.


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