Global consulting firm Mercer on Wednesday released its annual quality of living survey in which Indian cities did not perform very well.
The annual index compares 231 cities around the world, including seven Indian cities, ranking them on factors such as crime, education, healthcare, public services, recreation, housing and personal freedom. The ranking was based on data analysed between September and November 2018.
This year’s survey saw Hyderabad and Pune ranked at 143 in Mercer’s Quality Of Living Index and the number one city from India followed by Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka, which was ranked at 149.
The Austrian capital Vienna topped Mercer’s index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row. Known by tourists for its imperial past, gilded palaces and classical music, the city of 1.9 million is also nicknamed “red Vienna” for having long been run by the political left, with cheap public services and abundant social housing.
The least safe city in the south Asia region is Pakistan’s Karachi which has been ranked at 226th spot. Globally, Iraq’s capital Baghdad is at the bottom of the list due to an economic, security and societal crisis.