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And the Winner is...

Cover Story
Making Cities Work
What Makes Good Governance?

Asia's Best Cities
The Top Ten
The Complete Rankings
The Rankings Explained

Hong Kong vs. Singapore
The Competition Heats Up
A Comparison
Different Lifestyles

Bangkok
A devil of a job in the City of Angels




How we did it


There is no absolute yardstick for livability, but criteria usually include such matters as safe streets. In devising ours, Asiaweek looked at 24 indicators which come under such broad factors as transportation. Each carries a different score according to its weighting in the category. A city may lose points for foul air, for example, but gain marks for inexpensive housing. In a year in which the region has been battered by the Crisis, economic prospects or lack of them has been a decisive factor in how cities fared in relation to each other. The survey polled 40 selected cities in Asia, including all the major capitals. For some larger nations, we also ranked additional major centers. The main factors cover economic opportunity (15 possible points), quality of education (15), environment and sanitation (15), health care (15), transportation (10), personal security (10), housing cost (10), and leisure (10).

The indicators:
  • average life expectancy
  • hospital beds per 1,000 people
  • per-capita state expenditure for education
  • average class size in primary school
  • university-educated people as a percentage of total population
  • sulfur dioxide in the air (ppm)
  • dust/suspended particles in the air - micrograms per cubic meter (ug/m3)
  • average monthly rental per sq meter
  • ratio of housing price to income
  • sq meter of parks and fields per capita
  • vehicles per km of city road
  • existence of a mass transit rail system
  • number of movie theaters per 100,000
  • unemployment rate
  • GDP growth
  • annual urban inflation rate
  • vacation and public holidays per year
  • criminal cases for every 10,000 persons
  • number of telephones per 1,000 people
  • average time taken to commute to work
  • number of TV sets per 1,000 people
  • percentage of population with sewerage
  • percentage of population with piped water
  • average income



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