Cape Town was recently identified as the city that provides the best quality of life in the whole of Africa on Numbeo’s 2019 global Quality of Life Index.
Numbeo allows people to see, share and compare information about quality of life. It surveys the following about quality of life in the cities: Cost of living and purchasing power, affordability of housing, pollution including air, water, Crime rates, health system quality, and traffic (commute times).
Only Lagos, Nigeria, Nairobi, Kenya, Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town made it onto the list in Africa.
Out of 233 cities, Cape Town came in at 122. Cape Town eventually came out on top in Africa with a 149.59 quality of life index. Durban follows with 144.36 (and comes in with the lowest traffic commute time).
Pretoria follows with 131.29 while Johannesburg came in at 129.02. Out of all the South African cities, Joburg offers the cheapest cost of living. Down here you can see Cape Town’s statistics which makes up for its quality of life:
In Africa, Lagos, Nigeria ranks the lowest when it comes to quality of life. Lagos scored 52.64 with factors such as pollution, traffic and property price to income ratio being very high.
Quality of life: The top three
The top three places on the index includes Canberra, Australia, followed by Raleigh, in the United States and Adelaide in Australia.
Adelaide’s quality of life index came in at 206.93 for example.
According to the index, the level of crime in Johannesburg is ranked very high.
Out of 463 people who participated on the website’s surveys, most of them indicated that they do not deem it very safe walking alone in the city during the day or even at night. While in Cape Town, participants said it is moderately safe to walk alone in the city during the day, but not during the night.
Overall, Cape Town’s crime index is 70.29 while Joburg’s index is 80.25 (which is higher and more concerning in this case).
Source: The South African