Melbourne has been voted as the world’s second most liveable city, according to a new report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle welcomed the news that Melbourne was now the world’s second most liveable city, after Vancouver Canada.
The EIU ranking is one the world’s most widely accepted rankings of livability, comparing 140 of the world’s major cities.
Melbourne bumped Vienna out of second spot, pushing it back to third and came in just behind Vancouver which has held the number one position for several years.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said “What we have been recognised for is our combination of livability which includes our trees, our parks and gardens, our city safety, the events in our city, our retail, our arts and culture and the very substance of our city.”
“All in all we are a pretty cool city and I think that has been recognised in our latest survey.”
Stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure are the five broad categories on which the cities are assessed.
Melbourne was acknowledged as being home to a number of globally recognised events such as the Australian Tennis Open.
Sydney came in at seventh spot as most liveable city in the EIU rankings and according to the rankings, Melbourne’s milder weather and lower crime rate were some of the factors that gave it the edge over Sydney.
Adelaide and Perth came equal eighth while Brisbane just missed the top 20, coming in at 21.
The EIU survey ranks cities based on a number of factors, including access to health care, education, environment protection and culture. Report editor Jon Copestake said in a statement most of the most liveable cities were “mid-sized”.
“…cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to score well by having all the cultural and infrastructural benefits on offer with fewer problems related to crime or congestion.”
Zimbabwe capital Harare came in last place, while London came in 53rd, Paris came in 16th and Osaka ranked in at 12th.
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