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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 2:18 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2007

Honolulu wins top ranking in quality-of-living survey

Advertiser Staff

Honolulu is the highest-ranked U.S. city in a worldwide quality-of-living survey helped by its high rating for health resources and sanitation systems.

The survey by Mercer Human Resources ranked Hawai'i's capital city as the 27th-best place to live in the world based on 39 quality-of-living criteria, including social, economic, safety and transportation.

Zurich repeated as the world's top city, narrowly beating out Geneva. It was followed by Vancouver, Vienna, which tied for third-best. Auckland and Dusseldorf tied for fifth.

The worst-city honors belonged to war-torn Baghdad. Other poorly scoring cities included Brazzaville, Congo, Bangul in the Central African Republic and Khartoum, Sudan.

Honolulu tied with Dublin as the 27th-best city and was followed by San Francisco.

Mercer ranked Honolulu second in the world in terms of the health and sanitation category. Calgary was first.

For a list of the top 50 cities and other information on this survey, see this