Manila slipped six notches in the global ranking of livable cities as the COVID-19 pandemic strained its healthcare system, prompting the government to impose the world’s longest and strictest lockdown.
Based on the Global Livability Index 2021 of UK-based The Economist Intelligence Unit, Manila ranked 109 out of 140 cities that are most livable in the world, scoring 53.4 out of the best possible score of 100.
In 2019, Manila ranked 103rd. The EIU did not conduct the ranking in 2020 due to pandemic constraints.
Auckland in New Zealand was ranked the most livable city in the world. New Zealand as a whole is a model country in terms of containing the virus.
Manila scored 64.3 in infrastructure, 60 in stability, and 58.3 in education. It scored low in culture and environment at 45.4. Its lowest score is in healthcare at 41.7, evident in the constraints during the pandemic especially at the height of surging COVID-19 cases.