ਦੁਨੀਆ ਭਰ ਦੇ ਵੱਡੇ 32 ਸ਼ਹਿਰਾਂ ਵਿਚੋਂ ਕੀਤੇ ਸਰਵੇ ਦੇ ਨਤੀਜੇ ਮੁਤਾਬਿਕ ਸਿਡਨੀ ਸ਼ਹਿਰੀਆਂ ਦੀ ਖੁਸ਼ੀ ਦੇ ਮਾਮਲੇ ਚ 28ਵੇਂ ਸਥਾਨ ਤੇ ਹੈ।
The world’s most liveable city is also the happiest, a new survey has found.
According to Time Out’s 2018 City Life Index, which surveyed 15,000 people across 32 top cities of the world, including New York, London, Paris, Berlin and Tokyo, Melbourne has outranked its competitors for happiness.
Chicago was crowned as the most exciting city in the world, while the Victorian capital was fourth behind New York and Porto.
During the poll, the participants were asked questions about their lifestyle habits and the feelings about life in their city- its affordability, safety and friendliness. The responses were then assessed across seven different categories: food and drink, culture, relationships and community, neighbourhoods, affordability, happiness and liveability.
Nine out of ten Melburnians reported they felt happy in the previous 24 hours and 89 per cent said they enjoy living in the city. A vast majority of people also said they find it easy to make friends, and though it’s a little expensive at times, the city still ranked high for affordability.
Crime, rising cost of living and expensive housing
Maninder Bhullar moved to Melbourne from Albury in regional New South Wales last year. Though he says his family moved to the city for better opportunities, he says incidents of crime are a spoiler for a 'beautiful' life he had envisaged.
“What the government should do is really crackdown on the rising crime, especially in the west [of Melbourne city]. If I am at work and constantly worrying about my family’s safety back home, how happy would I be!” quips Mr Bhullar.
He is also worried that “fast-rising” house rentals and growing expenses could affect his quality of life.
“My wages aren’t likely to grow more than 2 per cent while the house rent will rise 5 per cent and public transport, electricity, water, gas and almost everything is rising,” he says. “Unless a household has at least two incomes, it’s barely making ends meet.”
Sandeep Sharma, an Indian migrant, has lived in Adelaide for a year before moving to Melbourne in 2016. He says though everyday life in Melbourne seemed tougher due to comparatively longer commutes.
“For us Melbourne provided better opportunities. Though initially, it took us time to adjust here, but really liked the public transport system,” Mr Sharma told SBS Punjabi.
“Though rising cost of living does bother families, especially first home buyers as the property is getting very expensive, other than this we have a positive experience of being here,” he adds.
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