Durban bests Cape Town and Johannesburg to top SA quality of life ranking

2018-03-26 15:16
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Cape Town - The results of the 20th annual Mercer Quality of Living Survey have been released and while the top 10 cities remain largely unchanged, South Africans may be surprised to see where South African cities rank on the list.

Topping the list in Africa is Port Louis in Mauritius coming in at number 83 on the list. In South Africa, Durban tops the list at number 89 with Cape Town and Johannesburg following at numbers 94 and 95 respectively.

While fellow citizens in Johannesburg and Cape Town might not understand how South Africa’s bronze medal city offers a better quality of life - Durbanites bear no such confusion. While the city has long been established as a domestic tourist destination, international tourists are increasingly making Durban their first port of call as the city continues to develop as a world-class destination.

With an incredible outdoor, active lifestyle on offer, a unique cultural mix and resultant cuisine, excellent recreational infrastructure and year-round warm weather - Durban most certainly offers a relatively high quality of life in South Africa.

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Increasingly being seen as the African Miami, Durban offers all who call it home a mellow vibe, world-class beaches, cosmopolitan urban culture and amenities and a scorching hot food scene.     

Mercer's survey of 231 cities is a tool to assist organisations calculate fair and consistent compensation for expatriates in foreign locations with a different quality of life to their place of origin.

The annual survey analyses local conditions in cities according to 39 factors grouped across 10 different categories.

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These categories are:

  • Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc.).

  • Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services).

  • Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom).

  • Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc.).

  • Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools).

  • Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion, etc.).

  • Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc.).

  • Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc.).

  • Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services).

  • Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters).

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The top 10 cities are:

  1. Vienna, Austria


  1. Zürich, Switzerland


  1. Auckland, New Zealand


  1. Munich, Germany


  1. Vancouver, Canada

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  1. Düsseldorf, Germany

  1. Frankfurt, Germany


8. Geneva, Switzerland

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

10. Basel, Switzerland

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