High Standard of Living

Within last decade Australia became one of the best countries to live. Plenty job opportunities together with low unemployment around 5%, no recession over last 20 years, demand for skilled workers made this country a great choice for people considering moving to Australia.

“Quality of Living Survey 2012″ by Mercer

In Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey 2012 five Australian cities were ranked among 30 best cities to live worldwide.

Mercer, the global consulting corporation evaluates local living conditions in more than 460 cities it surveys worldwide. It analyzes living conditions according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories:

  • Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement)
  • Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services)
  • Socio-cultural environment (censorship, limitations on personal freedom)
  • Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, waste disposal, air pollution, etc.)
  • Schools and education (standard and availability of international schools)
  • Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion, etc.)
  • Recreation (restaurants, theatres, movie theatres, sports and leisure, etc.)
  • Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc.)
  • Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services)
  • Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)
Mercer Quality of Living Survey – Worldwide Rankings, 2012
Rank City Country
1 Vienna Austria
2 Zurich Switzerland
3 Auckland New Zealand
4 Munich Germany
5 Vancouver Canada
6 Düsseldorf Germany
7 Frankfurt Germany
8 Geneva Switzerland
9 Copenhagen Denmark
10 Bern Switzerland
10 Sydney Australia
12 Amsterdam Netherlands
13 Wellington New Zealand
14 Ottawa Canada
15 Toronto Canada
16 Berlin Germany
17 Hamburg Germany
17 Melbourne Australia
19 Luxembourg Luxembourg
19 Stockholm Sweden
21 Perth Australia
22 Brussels Belgium
23 Montreal Canada
24 Nurnberg Germany
25 Singapore Singapore
26 Canberra Australia
27 Stuttgart Germany
28 Honolulu, HI United States
29 Adelaide Australia
29 Paris France
29 San Francisco, CA United States
32 Calgary Canada
32 Helsinki Finland
32 Oslo Norway
35 Boston, MA United States
35 Dublin Ireland
37 Brisbane Australia
38 London United Kingdom
39 Lyon France
40 Barcelona Spain
41 Milan Italy
42 Chicago, IL United States
43 Washington, DC United States
44 Lisbon Portugal
44 New York City, NY United States
44 Seattle, WA United States
44 Tokyo Japan
48 Kobe Japan
49 Madrid Spain
49 Pittsburgh, PA United States
49 Yokohama Japan

“The best country to be born in 2013″ – the Economist

In financial magazine, The Economist, Australia ranked 2nd best country to be born in 2013 after Switzerland (below). The factors taken in the account in the survey were:

  • “material wellbeing” as measured by GDP per head life expect­ancy from birth
  • quality of family life, based primarily on divorce rates
  • state of political freedoms
  • job se­curity (measured by the unemployment rate)
  • climate
  • personal physical security ratings (based primarily on recorded homicide rates and ratings for risk from crime and terrorism)
  • quality of community life (based on membership in so­cial organizations)
  • governance (measured by ratings for corruption)
  • gender equality (measured by the share of seats in parliament held by women)

“Prosperity Index 2012″ – Legatum

In another ranking called Prosperity Index 2012 run by Legatum, Australia was on the 4th position in the world after Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
Prosperity Index measures not only wealth but also different factors that make up citizen’s wellbeing or, in other words, ‘life satisfaction’.

There are eight sub-indices in Prosperity Index: Economy,Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Governance, Education, Health, Safety & Security, Personal Freedom, and Social Capital. Each sub-index is composed of two components: one relating to wellbeing and one relating to income.