Taichung residents have highest satisfaction with housing conditions

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Taipei, June 9 (CNA) Residents of Taichung in central Taiwan recorded the highest satisfaction ratings with their housing conditions in 2017, according to the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

Citing a survey conducted by the Ministry of the Interior, the DGBAS said the satisfaction rate about housing conditions, such as size, ventilation, how much light is allowed in, water leakage and privacy stood at 87.8 percent last year.

It was the highest among the six municipalities in Taiwan -- Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung --and also up 2.0 percentage points from a year earlier, the largest growth among the six municipalities, the survey found.

Hsu Chia-hsin (徐佳馨), head of the research department of real estate sales agent H&B Business Group, said Taichung has come up with successful housing redevelopment measures that have lowered the average age of residential property and boosted the dwelling space for the city's residents.

In addition, Hsu said, housing prices in Taichung are generally lower than those in northern Taiwan, in particular in Taipei and New Taipei, so residents there have more disposable income to improve their living conditions.

Taoyuan in northern Taiwan came in second, with a satisfaction rate of 87.0 percent in 2017, up 1.8 percentage points from a year earlier, while Kaohsiung in the south took the third spot with a satisfaction rate of 86.0 percent, up 1.5 percentage points from a year earlier, according to the survey results.

The satisfaction ratios recorded by Taichung, Taoyuan and Kaohsiung were all above the average of 84.3 percent in the country in 2017, the survey results indicate. The national average was down 0.5 percentage points from a year earlier.

Tainan in southern Taiwan recorded a satisfaction rate of 84.1 percent in 2017, down 4.6 percentage points, the steepest drop among the six municipalities, while Taipei and New Taipei registered satisfaction ratios of 81.3 percent and 77.9 percent, respectively, down 4.1 percentage points and down 4.2 percentage points from a year earlier.

Those who own their own houses recorded satisfaction of 85.6 percent in 2017, higher than 73.1 percent registered by tenants, but the satisfaction for self-dwellers was down by 0.6 percentage points from a year earlier.

In terms of gender, the survey found, female respondents recorded satisfaction of 83.0 percent, below the national average, while male respondents registered satisfaction of 85.6 percent, above the national average.

(By Pan Tzu-yu and Frances Huang)

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