Two South African cities have earned places in a Top 26 List of Major Cities with the Highest Quality of Life in the World. They are Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The list, compiled by Deutsche Bank, forms part of their annual Mapping the World’s Prices report… which for the first time this year includes a ranking of the quality of life in 47 international cities.
The list took into consideration: Purchasing Power, Safety, Health Care, Cost of Living, Property Price to Income Ratio, Traffic Commute Time, Pollution, and Climate.
Johannesburg was included at the 25th spot. Deutsche said its inclusion was largely due to its great property price to income ratio helping its overall tally.
Cape Town is in the Top 20 – at number 17 – thanks also to its high score in good property price to income ratio, as well as climate.
Wellington in New Zealand clinched the top spot… with the least pollution of any of the ranked cities, and top 10 scores in four of the other categories.
Edinburgh was second with best traffic commute time, second best health care (Vienna in Austria ranked highest for health care and came in at third position overall), and third best pollution ranking.
Other popular South African expat destinations were: Melbourne (Australia) at number four, Ottawa (Canada) at number seven, Boston (USA) number eight, Amsterdam (Netherlands) nine, Sydney (Australia) ten, Auckland (New Zealand) 13 and Toronto (Canada) 14.