Hualien County has been rated as the happiest place to live in Taiwan, followed by Taitung County and Penghu County, according to the national happiness index, which was released on Wednesday.
New Taipei City, Chiayi County and Yunlin County were ranked as the least happiest in that order, according to the index, which is based on a survey of 20 counties and cities across the nation.
The survey, conducted by the Chinese-language Economic Daily News and NanShan Life Insurance Co, showed that Taipei was the happiest of the nation’s six special municipalities, while New Taipei City was at the bottom of the list.
Taipei, in fourth place, and Taoyuan in fifth place were the only two special municipalities to be listed in the top 10 places nationwide.
The other special municipalities — Tainan, Kaohsiung and Taichung — were ranked 12th, 13th and 14th respectively.
Hualien has been ranked as the happiest place to live in Taiwan because residents’ happiness is driven by strong levels of satisfaction with work-life balance, living conditions, education, environmental quality and the performance of the local government, the survey showed.
Hsinchu County fell nine places from last year to 11th, based on dissatisfaction over health, personal safety and work-life balance, according to the survey.
Miaoli County and Hsinchu City both dropped five notches this year due to declining levels of subjective satisfaction, the survey showed.
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