Kingston 199th in Mercer Quality of Living Survey


With personal safety a determining factor in whether or not a city ranks high among Mercer’s Quality of Living ranking, it is no surprise that Kingston is near the bottom. Mercer released its 2016 survey today and Kingston ranks 199th out of 230, with Bagdhad, Iraq in last place.

Canadian cities all rank high for personal safety, with Calgary, Montreal, Ottowa, Toronto, and Vancouver sharing 16th place, whereas no US cities make the top 50. Kingston (199), Tegucigalpa (201), and Port-au-Prince (211) have the lowest levels of personal safety in the region. In 96th place, Montevideo is South America’s highest ranking city for personal safety; Caracas (214) is the lowest.

Mercer determines the list mainly for “expatriates” who move globally for work.

“Heightened domestic and global security threats, population displacement resulting from violence, and social unrest in key business centres around the world are all elements adding to the complex challenge facing multinational companies when analysing the safety and health of their expatriate workforces,” said Ilya Bonic, Senior Partner and president of Mercer’s Talent business. “Multinational companies need accurate data and objective methods to determine the cost implications of deteriorating living standards and personal safety issues when compensating expatriates.”

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