Asian Urban-Wellbeing Indicators: Hong Kong Report (2016 First Report)

In October 2016, Civic Exchange published a report on urban-wellbeing indicators in Hong Kong. To download the report, click on the link above.

As part of Civic Exchange’s commitment to promoting public policy research and civic engagement, we will make the Asian Urban-Wellbeing Indicators database available to the public as long as research findings derived from the data are shared with Civic Exchange. To make a data request enquiry, please download the form below and return it to

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Highlights of the Hong Kong wellbeing report include:

1. Young people aged 18-29 are dissatisfied both with life in Hong Kong and with their personal lives. Out of all the age groups, they are the most worried about poverty in Hong Kong (84% vs. an average of 68%), and are the most likely to want to leave Hong Kong (60% vs. 42% on average). They are more worried about providing for their families than other age groups (60% vs. 48% average). Among the sub-sample who answered the section on medical care, young people aged 18-29 had the highest level of self-reported mental stress, with 53% reporting high or very high mental stress, compared to 26% on average.

2. Respondents with associates’ degrees or vocational and technical education were very dissatisfied in terms of education. For example, they were the most likely to want to leave HK (53% vs. 42% average). 54% were as worried about providing for their families, which is no better than the figure for secondary school-educated respondents (53%), which shows that their additional education has not made them feel more economically secure. Among those answering the medical care sub-section, those with associate’s/vocational/technical education reported the worst health, with 35% saying they had “poor” or “very poor” health vs. 10% on average.

3. Out of ten domains, a full one-third of respondents chose housing as the domain the government should put first. Among these respondents, a clear majority (54%) said that property prices are most important housing issue for the government to address, followed by 24% saying the government should build more public housing.

4. Among respondents who selected education (16% of the total sample), over 60% said that Hong Kong’s education system performs “not so well” or “not well at all” in preparing children to get a good job, or in preparing them for life. Over half said the education system not doing well in preparing children to take exams.

5. The group of respondents who selected quality of government (16% of the total sample) is very politically engaged. Almost half of them signed a petition in the past year, and nearly one quarter had contacted a government official or politician over some issue in the past year. However, less than one quarter of them thought that Hong Kong residents had “a lot” or “some” say in the decisions affecting them.

6. Medical care was one of respondents’ top four concerns, with 15% choosing this domain. Satisfaction with medical care in HK is fairly high. Among those selecting this domain, 56% were satisfied with how fast and easy it is to see a doctor; 64% were satisfied with the availability of affordable care; and 74% were satisfied with the quality of care they received. As the population ages, medical care will rise as a priority for HK residents, and the government will need to maintain current levels of satisfaction.

Specific-city survey results for Singapore and Shanghai will be released later this year.

Press materials:

– Press release [EN]  [TC]
– Download PPT presentation at press conference on 31 October 2016 [EN]  [TC]

Media coverage:

31 October 2016 – SCMP – Seven out of 10 Hongkongers think the city has become a worse place in which to live, survey says
31 October 2016 – on.cc東網專訊 – 政府管治現危機 逾4成港人盼移居外地
31 October 2016 – 蘋果日報 – 60%受訪年輕人冀離港 逾半精神壓力大
31 October 2016 – TOPick – 年輕人自評精神壓力高 6成冀離開香港
31 October 2016 – 灣區華人訪談 – 港府現管治危機 逾6成年輕人盼移居外地
1 November 2016 – 信報 – 思匯民調:60%青年冀離港
1 November 2016 – HK01 – 研究指8成青年憂慮貧窮 過半認為香港不適合兒童成長
1 November 2016 – 大紀元 – 逾半港青精神壓力大 六成冀離港
1 November 2016 – am730 – 亞洲福祉指標報告 七成指本港宜居條件變差
1 November 2016 – 新浪香港 – 調查:八成年青人擔心貧窮問題 六成想離港
1 November 2016 – 852郵報 – 民調指6成受訪年輕人冀離港過半感精神壓力非常大
16 November 2016 – Consult the people to improve governance
23 November 2016 – SCMP – No reason to stay, no way to go for many of Hong Kong’s disillusioned young people
26 November 2016 – SCMP – Time for Hong Kong to think out of the box to solve its liveability crisis
1 December 2016 – EJ Insight – To go or not to go – Hong Kong people’s historic dilemma