Quality of life ranking

Sydney is a global, cosmopolitan city that boasts an enviable quality of life and was ranked 10th out of 223 cities in the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey

Cities in this survey are rated against 39 key criteria for quality of life ranging from political to social and environmental factors. 

Sydney ranks above almost all other Asia Pacific cities and ahead of all Australian capital cities.

Couple dining on the harbour

Sydney and regional New South Wales are great locations for businesses and expatriate staff, offering political stability, access to key amenities, a beautiful natural environment, as well as high levels of safety and health care.

Australia was ranked first in the Asia Pacific and fourth in the world for quality of life in the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2013.

Quality of life index by country
Country1 Rank 2013 Rating 2013
Australia 4 9.43
Germany 6 9.15
New Zealand 12 8.72
France 15 8.54
Japan 17 8.40
United States 18 8.39
Singapore 20 8.08
Malaysia 21 7.82
United Kingdom 25 7.56
Taiwan 27 7.14
Hong Kong SAR 30 6.54
Thailand 31 6.48
Korea 34 5.83
Philippines 39 5.48
Indonesia 40 5.46
India 51 4.63
China 53 4.28
Quality of life index by city
City2 Rank 2014
Auckland 3
Frankfurt 7
Sydney 10
Singapore 25
Paris =27
London 38
Tokyo =43
New York =43
Beijing 119


1. The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, 2013.  Survey: 0 = quality of life is low, 10 = quality of life is high.

2. Mercer, 2014 Quality of Living Index. The Quality of Living index is derived from 39 key quality of living determinants, weighted and grouped in the categories of political and social environment, economic environment, socio-cultural environment, medical and health considerations, schools and education, public services and transport, recreation, consumer goods, housing, and natural environment.  

Sources: The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, 2013, Switzerland, www.imd.ch/wcy; Mercer, February 2014, www.mercer.com