7 Great Reasons to Live in Singapore

With so many fabulous places to live in the world, it can be hard to narrow it down to just a small handful of top places. Each country is unique and offers lengthy lists of pros and cons. Here we’ll be taking a look at the country of Singapore and what makes it such a great place to live. From its location to culture, dining and attractions, there is plenty to cover. Let’s narrow it down to the top seven reasons to live in Singapore and what you can expect to find here.

The Quality of Life Measurement Ranks at the Top

When looking at places and deciding if they are a great place to live, the quality of life measurement is often used. In terms of Southeast Asia, Singapore consistently ranks top of the list where the quality of life is concerned. This rating system uses many metrics which include:

  • Education and schools
  • Economic environment
  • Recreational opportunities
  • Socio-cultural atmosphere
  • Political environment
  • Natural environment
  • Public transportation options
  • Sanitation
  • Health

Singapore manages to get high marks in each of those categories, which is quite an impressive feat. People want to live in the kind of environment that fosters a healthy, happy and successful lifestyle.

A Wide Array of Accommodation Options

There’s also a wide array of accommodations options that range in size, layout, budget and location. Everyone has their list of must-haves so there is no universal perfect type of accommodations, and that’s fine because Singapore seems to offer something for everyone.

Take a look at the HDB Tampines listing through Property Guru as a great example of what you can find. The Property Guru site lists HDB flats both for rent and for sale, giving a clear picture of what’s available. There is also a helpful HDB Q&A as well as guides that you can access on the site, all perfect for those who want to learn more about HDBs.

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Enjoy Steady Temperatures Year-Round

Here’s a benefit that for some can be a huge positive, and for others, it may be negative. If you’re the type that likes a consistent temperature all year, then Singapore fits the bill. You won’t have four distinct seasons here; instead, it stays humid and warm. One thing to note, however, is that Singapore gets a lot of rain. They tend to be the heavy types of downpours too, not just light rain showers. This is why most people tend to have an umbrella handy at all times.

The Crime Rate Is Very Low

Singapore has created quite the reputation for itself where safety is concerned. This is a country that boasts a very low crime rate, which allows citizens to feel secure and comfortable. It has very harsh penalties for crime too, using a zero-tolerance policy regarding drugs.

English is Widely Spoken

What you may not know is that English is also very widely spoken in Singapore and this can be attributed to the fact it’s popular with ex-pats from the US and the UK. The primary language of Singapore is Malay, but for those who speak English, you’ll have no problem communicating.

The Job Market Tends to Be Robust and Healthy

While you can’t make a blanket statement and say there are always jobs available in Singapore, in general, the job market tends to be quite robust. Singapore has an extensive network of commerce and industry jobs which is why there are so many opportunities. It’s also a global hub in that many businesses choose to set up a location in Singapore to act as its Asia-based offices.

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The Food Is Spectacular

You simply can’t point out the pros of living in Singapore without also mentioning the cuisine. You’ll find a blend of Malay, Indian, Indonesian, Chinese and even Western foods here. They all blend to create something mouth-watering and unique. Some of the most popular and well-known dishes in Singapore include:

  • Hainanese Chicken Rice, which is steamed rice and chicken in a flavorful chicken broth
  • Char Kuay Teow, which are broad white noodles that have been pan-fried, with clams, fish cake, soya sauce, Chinese sausage and bean sprouts
  • Laksa, which is a very spicy coconut curry soup that contains rice noodles, chicken, fish cakes, shrimp, and egg
  • Satay, which is just a way of saying meat that has been skewered and grilled – it can be served with a variety of sides

The cost of dining will differ dramatically depending on where you dine and the style of cuisine.

When listing the many reasons why Singapore is a great place to live, we could go on and on. The natural beauty and scenery, architecture, history, and culture should also get attention. It’s a wonderfully diverse and intriguing country, and more than 5.9 million people are proud to call it ‘home’.

About the author: Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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