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Hong Kong has climbed 35 places and is now the 58th most liveable location in the world, according to ECA's latest report. 

The report explains that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the city was offset by the fall in socio-political tensions and crime rates, and major cities in the world see big drops in their rankings because of the pandemic. 

Despite the good news, Hong Kong has not regained its position in the pre-disruption era.  

“Hong Kong has rebounded in our latest liveability rankings after the protests seen throughout 2019 abated last year” said Lee Quane, regional director for Asia at ECA International.

“Factors which were affected by the tensions in 2019, such as disruptions to the transportation network, recovered and crime rates fell. Moreover, Hong Kong avoided typhoons of a scale similar to those which caused disruption to the city in 2019. However, despite the recovery overall, some areas of Hong Kong’s score did worsen, such as the freedom of news and media which has been impacted by recently introduced national security legislation, and Hong Kong’s ranking remains significantly lower than in 2018.”

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Updated annually in November, ECA's location ratings system evaluates a host of factors to form an assessment of the overall quality of living in over 490 locations worldwide. Factors assessed include climate; availability of health services; housing and utilities; natural phenomena; isolation; access to a social network and leisure facilities; infrastructure; personal safety; political tensions; and air quality. The impact of some of the factors assessed will vary according to the home location of the assignee.