This also means that KL is placed second spot in Southeast Asia behind Singapore, according to the Mercer Quality of Living City Ranking 2019 survey.
"We continue to see huge forward-thinking policies that have enabled Singapore to develop economically and infrastructurally, bringing benefits to its residents, whilst making the city Asia's most attractive destination for foreign talent", says Mario Ferraro, regional practice leader for Mercer Global Mobility - Asia, Middle East, Africa & Turkey.
Singapore, in 25th place globally, held onto its status as Asia's most livable city.
A view of the Kuala Lumpur city skyline in Malaysia.
The survey considered several factors to determine the quality of living in each city. Munich, Germany 3. Auckland, New Zealand 6. Luxembourg was named as the safest city in the world, followed by Helsinki in Finland and the Swiss cities of Basel, Bern and Zurich. Chennai has also been ranked the region's safest city, while Karachi is the least safe.
In South America, Montevideo (78) is ranked highest, while continued political turmoil kicked Caracas (202) down nine spots.
Vienna in Austria has been ranked as the best city in the world in terms of quality of living while Baghdad in Iraq came last at 231. The opening of new recreational facilities as part of Saudi Arabia's 2030 Vision saw Riyadh (164) climb one place this year, and a decline in its crime rate and a lack of terrorist incidents over the last twelve months saw Istanbul (130) rise four places.
The Top 10 worst cities include Bangui (the Central African Republic), Sana'a (the Yemen Arab Republic), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Khartoum (Sudan), N'Djamena (Chad), Damascus (Syria), Brazzaville (the Republic of the Congo), Kinshasa (the Democratic Republic of the Congo), and Conakry (Guinea). Thirteen out of the world's 20 best places to live are in Europe.