MSAR 4th most liveable city in China in 2016


The city was ranked as the fourth most liveable city in mainland China for 2016, according to the 15th report of Chinese competitiveness compiled by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASC).
The liveable city competitiveness ranking takes into account seven criteria, namely: education, medical services, security, environment, level of comfort, convenience of city’s infrastructure and economic environment.
Topping the list of most liveable cities in 2016 was Hong Kong, followed by Wuxi in Jiangsu Province and Guangzhou in Guangdong Province.
The report also includes two rankings relating to general economic competitiveness and sustainable competitiveness, in which Macau positioned eighth in both rankings.
In regards to general economic competitiveness, Shenzhen’s economy was the most powerful among other Chinese cities, with the second being the neighbouring SAR, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong again topped the list of most sustainable cities for competitiveness, followed by Beijing and Shanghai.
During the first quarter of 2017, Macau’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 10.3 per cent year-on-year to MOP93.58 billion (US$11.70 million), according to the city’s Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).
In Macau, starting from the 2007/2008 academic year, the government began offering 15 years compulsory free education at 65 schools as well as other subsidies.
In terms of medical support, although Macau residents have been receiving health care vouchers of MOP500 since 2008, there is still no definitive completion date for the expansion of the public hospital in Taipa, which was originally announced in 2010.
The official data compiled by the United Nations on predicting population density revealed that Macau’s population density as of July 1 would be around 20,821 people per square kilometre.