Changsha tops among happiest cities in 2015
According to "China's Economic Life Survey", released by CCTV (China Central Television), Changsha rocketed to the top of China's top 10 happiest provincial capitals list in 2015.
"The China's Economic Life Survey", sponsored by CCTV, the National Bureau of Statistics and China Post Group Corporation is China's largest national media and public survey. The survey measured local residents of a given city on their overall sense of satisfaction, sense of belonging, quality of life, natural environment, economy and social civilization. The program has been launched for 10 consecutive years since 2006, covering 100,000 families in 104 cities across the country.
The latest survey shows that top 10 provincial capitals in terms of residents' subject wellbeing are – Changsha in Hunan province, Wuhan in Hubei, Hefei in Anhui, Zhengzhou in Henan, Lanzhou in Gansu province, Hohhot of the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, Urumqi of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Shijiazhuang in Hebei, Nanning in Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and Nanjing in Jiangsu province.
The capital of Hunan province has made the list for eight years in a row. During this survey, the proportion of respondents who feel happy in the city is nearly 15 percentage points higher than the national average level and tops the 104 sample cities nationwide.
The survey participants in Changsha generally believe that the major factors affecting their sense of happiness include state of health, marriage relationship and ecological environment. Meanwhile, the impact of income level to their happiness index is below national average level.
What Changsha interviewees want most by 2020 are, "favorable ecological environment", "guaranteed food safety" and a "well-off life".
He Jihua, vice-mayor of Changsha said during the releasing ceremony that the honor belongs to the 7.35 million residents of Changsha. He further outlined the steps to take in 2016 to make Changsha a better place for living, including the opening of a maglev line, one more metro line and renovation of major urban tracks.
Source：Changsha Evening News