TAIPEI (CNA) – Hsinchu has retained its title of Taiwan’s happiest city for the third consecutive year, while Taitung County jumped to second place, according to a survey released Tuesday.
The survey, conducted jointly by the Economic Daily News and Nan Shan Life Insurance Co., shows that the 2018 national happiness index of Hsinchu City reached 78.6, the highest among all the 22 cities and counties in Taiwan, and the highest recorded in the poll since it was first conducted in 2012.
However, Hsinchu ranked fourth in the country for governance satisfaction, the survey shows.
Taitung County improved the most of all the counties and cities, moving up 10 notches from last year to second in this year’s survey.
Taitung Magistrate Justin Huang (黃健庭) said the low ranking last year was because the county was in the process of rebuilding in the wake of Typhoon Nepartak. “This year, the rankings were back to normal,” Huang added.
Meanwhile, Hsinchu County and Yilan County also improved, taking the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively, on the happiness index.
Taichung and Kaohsiung dropped most significantly among Taiwan’s six special municipalities, falling six and four notches from last year to 13th and 17th, respectively, in reflection of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s losses of the mayoral seats in the two cities in the Nov. 24 local elections.
Taiwan’s six special municipalities are Kaohsiung, Taichung, Tainan, Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan.
Taipei fell two notches from last year to sixth, while Taoyaun dropped one notch to ninth, New Taipei remained in 11th and Tainan advanced two places to 12th.
By Liao Yu-yang and Evelyn Kao