Mercer’s 19th Quality Of Living Survey: Is Durban Truly The Best City To Live In? 


According to Mercer’s 19th quality of living survey, Durban is the best South African city to live in as it has the highest quality of living.

Consecutively, Durban for the third time has been ranked the South African city with the highest quality of life by Mercer.

Mercer is globally known for its annual production of worldwide quality-of-living rankings from its Worldwide Quality of Living Surveys.

From our gatherings, the data for the recent survey was largely analysed between September and November 2016.

While it will be updated regularly to account for changing circumstances, the assessments will be revised to reflect significant political, economic, and environmental developments.

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As the South African city with the highest quality of living, Durban was ranked 87th in the world.

The position placed the coastal city in KwaZulu-Natal province ahead of other SA prominent cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg. The cities were respectively ranked 94th and 96th.

 Commenting on Durban’s ranking as the SA city with the highest quality of living, the city’s mayor Zandile Gumede asserted that ranking indicated that the leadership of eThekwini Municipality is doing a good job.

Gumede said: “Last year, Durban achieved this accolade, coming ahead of Cape Town and Johannesburg, and was placed the second best city in Africa after Port Louis in Mauritius.

“Our municipality continuously strives to ensure that our 3.7 million residents enjoy an improved quality of life through the services we render.

“The municipality’s new radical economic transformation framework aims to accelerate service delivery, provide economic opportunities to poor and unemployed residents and grow the small business sector,” added the mayor.

Meanwhile, Vienna for the eight-time is the top city for overall quality of living. The remaining cities occupying the top-ten position are mostly, European cities.

Reporting this, Mercer’s stated:

“Zurich is in second place, with Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel, a newcomer to the list, in 10th place.

“The only non-European cities in the top ten are Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5). The highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79), respectively.”

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Also, Mercer’s 19th quality of living survey includes a city infrastructure ranking which evaluated each city’s supply of electricity, drinking water, telephone and mail services.

The city infrastructure ranking also considered public transportation, traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from local airports.

Here, Singapore tops the city infrastructure ranking, followed by Frankfurt and Munich both in 2nd place. Baghdad (230) and Port au Prince (231) rank last for city infrastructure, added the Mercer report.