Singapore jumps 11 spots, surpasses Hong Kong in EIU liveability ranking for the first time ever

Singapore moves up the Global Liveability Ranking list to its highest-ever spot this year.
The Straits Times

The perks of living in Singapore are increasing, the results of a new global study shows.

Singapore jumped 11 places on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Ranking this year to take the 35th spot among 140 cities across the world.

For the first time ever, the city-state rose above Hong Kong, which fell two spots into 45th place despite an unchanged score.

Cities in EIU’s list are given scores for their lifestyle challenges.

According to EIU, improving educational attainment indicators boosted Singapore to its highest-ever position in the ranking.

“Singapore’s jump up the rankings can be attributed to consistent and impressive improvements in educational attainment, which has delivered a perfect score for education and pushed the overall score for the city-state above 90% for the first time since the survey began,” Jon Copestake, editor of the survey said.

EIU 2017 Liveability Index

“However it is worth remembering that, although ten ranking places now separate Hong Kong and Singapore the difference between them is marginal at just 1.6% and both comfortably sit in the top tier of liveability where there are few, if any, challenges to lifestyle,” Copestake said.

As expected, Melbourne in Australia topped the ranking for the seventh year running, while Damascus remained at the bottom.

EIU 2017 Liveability Index

Globally, 12 cities saw liveability improve while six cities which recorded declines. Half of the cities which improved were in Asia and included Singapore, Shanghai, Bandar Seri Begawan, Phnom Penh, Colombo and Port Moresby.

Most of these improvements were largely attributed to infrastructural improvements and broadening cultural availability.

After a decade of consecutive declines, global liveability is finally showing an improvement, EIU said in its announcement of the list.

“Although it is marginal, with an annual average improvement of just 0.06 percentage points across the overall scores of the 140 cities surveyed, it does represent a potential milestone for the ranking,” the statement said.

And while liveability appears to have stabilised, the study also noted that recent attacks in Manchester, London and Stockholm have highlighted the continued threat from global terrorism.