Hsinchu City ranked happiest place to live for 2nd straight year
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Hsinchu City has again been voted the happiest place to live in Taiwan, followed by Taipei and Hsinchu County, according to survey results released yesterday.
September 12, 2013, 12:12 am TWN
The happiness index among residents in Hsinchu City was pegged at 71.1 out of 100 by the survey, which was jointly conducted by the Economic Daily News (經濟日報) and Nan Shan Life Insurance Co. (南山人壽). The city also finished No. 1 in the 2012 poll.
Rounding out the top 10 were Miaoli County, Yilan County, Penghu County, Hualien County, Taitung County, Chiayi City and Taoyuan County, with their happiness indexes ranging from 53 to 60.
Northeastern Keelung City was found to be the least happy city or county, with a score of 20.
Both Taipei City and Yilan County made significant progress in this year's survey. The capital moved to second place from eighth in 2012 while Yilan jumped to eighth from 13th.
Huang Su-juan (黃素娟), head of the Economic Daily News, explained that the primary purpose of the index is to evaluate citizens' quality of life, with a particular focus on the areas of health, education, employment, leisure, environment, satisfaction and safety.
She added that local governments may use the index as a reference when drawing up policies.
Some 22,000 residents in Taiwan's 22 counties and cities were interviewed for the survey.