HONG Kong is the best city in the world to live followed by Amsterdam, according to a new ranking focusing on green space.
The list of the world’s best cities to live in combines Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) global “liveability” rankings with new criteria that examine “spatial characteristics”.
Hong Kong was judged the best city, followed by Amsterdam, Osaka and Paris, after additional criteria including urban sprawl, connection and proximity to other cities, and pollution were taken into account.
European cities took five of the top ten ranking spots, with three cities from Asia, one from North America and one from Australia.
Sydney was the only Australian city to make the top 10, coming in at number five.
Its ratings in these categories pushed it down from the number two rank in the classic EIU Liveability index, but gave Hong Kong a boost from number 10 to the top spot.
“Sydney scores well for having low pollution levels and lots of green space in the additional indicators,” EIU editor Jon Copestake said in a statement.
“Although it was hampered slightly because of the isolation of Australian cities and the urban sprawl of the city.”
Hong Kong scored poorly for pollution and cultural assets, but scored on natural assets and low urban sprawl.
“Hong Kong is a very compact city that has managed to maintain its natural heritage, create a dense network of green spaces and enjoy extensive links to the rest of the world,” the report said.
“It responded very well to the addition of spatial characteristics to the liveability index.”
Tehran scored the lowest on the best cities index, followed by African cities Nairobi and Lusaka.
The index ranked 140 cities against one another.
The top 10
1. Hong Kong