Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Taipei came first in six major indicators inan overall competitiveness survey of Taiwan's cities and counties,the local magazine that conducted the poll said Friday.
Global Views monthly said Taipei was top in the categories of finance, economy and employment, education, environmental protection and environmental quality, public safety and fire fighting, and medical care and hygiene.
Rounding out the top five in the overall rankings were Hsinchu City, Chiayi City, New Taipei City and Changhua County, in that order.
The magazine surveyed the five municipalities and 14 cities and counties on Taiwan proper. The outlying islands of Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu were left out of the rankings because of insufficient data.
In the category of economy and employment, the top five wereTaipei, Hsinchu, Taichung, Taoyuan County and New Taipei, while thetop five in the category of environmental protection and qualitywere Taipei, New Taipei, Miaoli County, Hualien County and Yilan County.
The survey also measured three aspects -- social order, living quality and modernity and social welfare -- of the cities and counties.
In the category of social order, Taitung and Changhua counties were ranked first and second. Taichung topped the five municipalities by ranking fifth, suggesting that it has shed itsimage as a place with deteriorating social order.
Kaohsiung, Tainan and New Taipei were placed first, second and third from the bottom in this category.
The survey shows that the merging of Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung cities and counties into special municipalities in 2010 has undermined their competitiveness, as they ranked seventh, 12th and 15th, respectively, in the overall competitiveness category.
The Tainan city government said that many fundamental aspects were not upgraded with the merger, which meant that the special municipality's competitiveness remained at the same ranking as a similar survey carried out last year.
The Taichung and Kaohsiung city governments, meanwhile, said they would use the assessment as a reference point for improvement efforts.
(By Chang Ming-kun and Lilian Wu)