The city of Auckland, New Zealand, was selected as the most liveable city in the world by international weekly newspaper The Economist. Auckland finished ahead of Japan’s two largest cities, Osaka and Tokyo, to claim the honour.
Further Information About the Rankings
Rounding out the top five in 2021’s rankings were Adelaide, Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand. The Economist Intelligence Unit gave Auckland much praise for its success in combating the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The unit said that this was the primary reason behind Auckland’s finish atop the rankings.
“Auckland rose to the top of the ranking owing to its successful approach in containing the Covid-19 pandemic, which allowed its society to remain open and the city to score strongly,” the Economist Intelligence Unit said.
On the other hand, most of the cities which underachieved in this year’s rankings were located in Europe. Eight of the 10 cities which experienced the steepest ranking declines were European.
Vienna, Austria, had been ranked first for three consecutive years. However, this year saw its streak come to an end. The Austrian capital ranked just 12th. The city in which liveability declined by the largest degree was Hamburg, Germany. Last year, Hamburg ranked 13th; this year, it is just 47th.
Many cities in Germany and France saw their rankings fall due to the high level of stress on hospital resources caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This caused their ratings in healthcare-related categories to suffer.
The reduced quality of healthcare also caused general liveability in these cities to decline. This was because the intensity of the pandemic in these cities necessitated the imposition of stricter lockdowns. These restrictions on mobility made these cities less liveable.
The city which increased its liveability the most significantly over the past year was Honolulu, United States. It improved its ranking from 60th to 14th. It was lauded for its containment of the pandemic as well as its rapid rollout and administration of vaccines.
Other Reasons for Auckland’s Liveability
In addition to its excellent handling of the pandemic, Auckland can boast of several other features which help make it extremely liveable. The “City of Sails” has a robust job market, excellent educational standards, numerous housing options, and many opportunities to lead an active lifestyle.
With a population of 1.657 million, Auckland is by far the most populous city in New Zealand. Around 35% of all people living in New Zealand today reside in Auckland. The latest statistics show that 58.4% of everyone who lives in Auckland today was born in New Zealand. Most of the people born abroad came from China, India, the United Kingdom, Fiji, or Samoa.
11th June 2021 10:38
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