Hsinchu reclaims ‘happiest city’ title

People enjoying a weekend afternoon in Hsinchu. (The China Post photo)

Hsinchu City was named the happiest city/county in Taiwan according to a ranking released on Wednesday.

The city, Taiwan’s tech heartland and home to some of the country’s top-paying firms, took the top spot with a record-breaking score of 76.2, according to the city/county happiness ranking compiled by the Economic Daily News and Nan Shan Life Insurance.

It was the third time Hsinchu claimed the happiest city title (the previous two times were in 2012 and 2013) in the annual ranking’s six-year history. It is also a frequent winner in similar rankings.

Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien pointed out that while Hsinchu is a small city with a population of only around 440,000, it is blessed with the high income, high education level, high birthrate (18 percent of the population are under 14) and high consumption power of its citizens.

Hsinchu is followed by Penghu County and Hualien County.

Taipei also saw a significant improvement in its happiness ranking this year, which jumped from the 11th last year to fourth. 

The China Post staff