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(Monday, June 22, 2009) -- Mayor Mufi Hannemann said he is very pleased that Monocle Magazine has once again named Honolulu as the “most livable” city in the United States, and the eleventh most livable city in the world.

“Once again, Honolulu has been properly recognized as a very special place,” Mayor Hannemann said. “We’re very pleased that our home was even ranked higher this year than last year.”

Monocle, published in London and distributed in more than 60 countries, had ranked Honolulu at twelfth overall last year, but highest in the U.S.

The magazine says its quality of life index “goes beyond the basic economic and social aspects of a city, identifying often looked over factors that can bring happiness and ease to everyday life.”

Monocle praised Honolulu’s “combination of big-city excitement and natural beauty,” and noted that the city is poised to break ground on a major rail transit project.

“The project has been long-awaited, but last year it was given the go-ahead by popular vote,” the magazine noted. “We also like the visionary mayor.”

Monocle ranked Zurich, Copenhagen and Tokyo as the top three livable cities, followed by Munich, Helsinki, Stockholm, Vienna, Paris, Melbourne and Berlin.



Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928