Is Auckland really more liveable than Wellington?

Wellington was ranked the world's 15th best city to live, while Auckland came in third place.
Wellington was ranked the world's 15th best city to live, while Auckland came in third place. Photo credit: Getty

An international survey has ranked Auckland as the third-most liveable city in the world, with Wellington trailing behind at 15th place.

The data was released by Mercer, a consultancy giant that supports employees assigned to work in locations where the living conditions differ from those at home.

So what makes Auckland 12 places better than New Zealand's capital?

The annual survey takes into consideration "39 factors affecting the quality of living", Mercer's website reads.

In past years, those factors have included housing, climate, medical facilities, physical remoteness, infrastructure, crime, cultural and recreation facilities, and availability of goods and services.

"Easy access to transportation, reliable electricity and drinkable water are all important considerations when determining hardship allowances, based on differences between a given assignee's home and host locations," the website says alongside this year's data.

"Mercer's survey also includes a city infrastructure ranking that assesses each city's supply of electricity, drinking water, telephone and mail services, and public transportation, as well as traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from local airports."

Mercer released the rankings for sanitation separately this year, putting Auckland in fifth place and Wellington closely following in sixth place.

City infrastructure was also ranked separately this year, but Mercer says this still "plays an important role when multinationals decide where to establish locations abroad".

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The top 10 cities for quality of living:

Vienna, Austria

Zurich, Switzerland

Auckland, New Zealand

Munich, Germany

Vancouver, Canada

Dusseldorf, Germany

Frankfurt, Germany

Geneva, Switzerland

Copenhagen, Denmark

Basel, Switzerland

Sydney, Australia

The bottom 10 cities for quality of living:

Conakry, Guinea Republic

Kinshasa, Democratic Rep. of the Congo

Brazzaville, Congo

Damascus, Syria

N'Djamena, Chad

Khartoum, Sudan

Port au Prince, Haiti

Sana'a, Yemen Arab Republic

Bangui, Central African Republic

Baghdad, Iraq