Melbourne has claimed the top spot on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking of the world’s most liveable cities for the second year running.
The annual survey judges 140 cities based on various factors such as crime rates, access to healthcare, political and social stability, diversity, cultural events, education, and infrastructure. This year four Australian cities have been named in the top ten with Perth ranking ninth, Sydney coming in seventh, and Adelaide an equal fifth with Calgary.
Melbourne topped the list with a score of 97.5%, losing some points for climate, petty crime, and culture. Vienna, Austria followed in second place, with Vancouver, Canada in third.
According to the EIU the top cities are mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a lower population density.
“Australian cities continue to thrive in terms of liveability. Not only do they benefit from the natural advantages of low population density, but they have continued to improve with some high profile infrastructure investments” EIU survey editor Jon Copestake said in a recent news release.
US cities didn’t fare as well as Australian or Canadian cities which continue to dominate the top rankings. Honolulu, Hawaii is rated the most liveable city in the United States coming in 26th, with Pittsburgh just behind at 30th.
The most liveable cities
- Melbourne, Australia
- Vienna, Austria
- Vancouver, Canada
- Toronto, Canada
- Calgary, Canada
- Adelaide, Australia
- Sydney, Australia
- Helsinki, Finland
- Perth, Australia
- Auckland, New Zealand