Monocle has announced its Quality of Life Survey for the 11th year running, in which 25 cities worldwide were ranked for liveability. For the third successive year, Tokyo was named most liveable city by the culture mag (here’s something for the conspiracy theorists: Tokyo-based Nikkei Group became a Monocle shareholder three years ago).
The list is a curious mix of hipster favourites such as Berlin and Portland and hyper-expensive sprawls like Hong Kong (ranked second by Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey) and of course Tokyo (ranked third in the same survey), making it a mashup that would likely appeal to both the monied elite and counterculturalists. Which begs the question: should it really be called a Quality of Life Survey?
The rundown in full:
15. Hong Kong
Monocle magazine has announced its top 25 most liveable cities worldwide for the 10th year running. This year for the first time, the publication announced, its rankings took into account quality of nightlife (which makes sense to me – the world’s finest cities, in my experience, also have a thriving night scene):
We add to the metrics each year and this time we’ve measured cities’ nocturnal qualities too, from closing times to the places that still serve a good meal after 22.00. Despite these new metrics, when looking back over the previous surveys it’s striking to see how the fundamentals of what makes a liveable city have remained the same.
Monocle’s love affair with Japan continues, with the survey showing 3 Japanese cities in the top 10 – Fukuoka perhaps being the most surprising entry, sandwiched (or sushi rolled) in between usual favourites Melbourne and Sydney. Europe’s great capitals Berlin, Vienna and Copenhagen are also included in the top 10, and will likely feature for years to come.
Lower down the list, Asia’s world cities Hong Kong and Singapore are divided only by Barcelona. The top 25 in full:
- Hong Kong