‘Best city’ surveys give a bit of an indication of what people think but there are many factors to consider, like family, work, weather, education, health and what you are familiar with.
The ‘Quality of Life’ project does a two yearly survey, and in the latest one Dunedin and Wellington have come out on top:
Overall quality of life – extremely good+very good:
- Dunedin: 27+61=88%
- Wellington: 28+59=87%
- Porirua: 19+65=84%
- Hutt: 22+60-82%
- Hamilton: 18+64=82%
- Auckland: 18+61=79%
- Christchurch: 20+58=78%
Those are percentages based on city councils.
Obviously with a much bigger population Auckland numerically has many more people satisfied with their city, but also quite a few more who are dissatisfied, 4% of one and a half million people is 60,000 people, about half the population of Dunedin.
A notable omission of the major cities is Tauranga.
Overall quality of life – poor+extremely poor
- Dunedin: 2+0=2%
- Wellington: 2+0=2%
- Porirua: 2+1=3%
- Hutt: 3+0=3%
- Hamilton: 2+1=3%
- Auckland: 4+0=4%
- Christchurch: 4+0=4%
Those are remarkably low levels of dissatisfaction with cities, especially considering Christchurch and it’s problems with earthquakes. However about 20% of Christchurch residents said they were stressed “always” or “most of the time”.
Stuff reports: Dunedin is the best NZ city to live in – just
Dunedin has pipped Wellington to become the best city in New Zealand to live in, according to a new survey.
Statistically Dunedin and Wellington are the same so ‘best’ is barely . However if you combine the greater Wellington cities which include Porirua and Hutt they drop a bit down the scale.
Affordable housing, civic pride, and a strong sense of safety seem to be behind the good results for Dunedin in the biennial Quality of Life Survey.
Those in Dunedin were also more likely to be physically active and less likely to be stressed than their urban counterparts.
The study questioned 7155 Kiwis across seven urban areas and two wider regions. Quality of life in general was relatively steady across the two previous surveys in 2014 and 2012.
The Stuff article covers a number of issues affecting people’s opinion s on their cities, such as stress, traffic and safety.
Wellingtonians were also the most welcoming to outsiders. About three quarters of the capital’s respondents said that New Zealand becoming home for people with different lifestyles and cultures made their city a better place to live in.
Aucklanders were the least welcoming, with just over half (52 per cent) saying diversity was a net positive and one in five saying it was a net negative.
It’s interesting that Auckland has by far the most immigrants and is the least tolerant of them, but ‘locals’ will be seeing huge changes to their city (or in many cases their adopted city).
I will post separately on what the survey found about housing.