Guess which SA Cities have the best quality of life?

2017-03-15 10:34 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - South Africans are often overwhelmed by our political and financial volatility, but our Mzansi still remains one of the best places in Africa and the world for quality of life. 

This is according to Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey, showing that three of SA's cities fell within the top 100 of the world’s highest quality of living, "remaining attractive destinations for expanding business operations and sending expatriates on assignment," the report says. 

South Africa’s highest ranked city, Durban, ranks 87th for quality of living, closely followed by Cape Town in 94th place and Johannesburg in 96th. 

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Last year, however, the three cities also ranked in the same order, but with slightly higher ratings. For 2017, Durban fell two spots from 2016's 85th position, while Cape Town and Joburg also fell two and one spots, respectively. 

In the overall Africa and the Middle East region, two SA cities flies the Mzansi flag again. In the region, Dubai in the United Arabic Emirates was rated the city with the highest quality of life, followed by Abu Dhabi (also in the UAE), Port Louis in Mauritius and then Durban and Cape Town. 

These are the top performers for all regions on the globe - 


On the other side of the scope, Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, N’Djamena in Chad, Khartoum in Sudan and Bangui in the Central African Republic formed the four lowest-ranked cities for quality of living within Africa, placing in the 224th, 226th, 227th and 230th spots respectively. Yikes! 

Interestingly, the top performing cities all seem to be in the Northern Hemisphere, while the lower ranking ones are in the Southern Hemisphere. Check it out - 


Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the 8th year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities. 

Check out the video below to see the Top 5 cities with the highest quality of life, as well as the Top performing cities by region. The footage also shows the top cities for infrastructure. 

The data was largely analysed between September and November 2016. 

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