Each year the Economist Intelligence Unit conducts a Global Liveability Survey and Melbourne was voted the world’s most liveable city (this comes as no surprise to me!)
Interestingly Sydney has lost its status as Australia’s second-most desirable destination to Adelaide.
Melbourne has edged out Austria’s capital Vienna to claim the Global Liveability Survey title of the best city in the world to live in for the second year running.
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey editor Jon Copestake says while Melbourne enjoys top bragging rights, there is little separating the top Australian cities with Adelaide, Sydney and Perth all featured in the top 10. Brisbane was number 20.
Vancouver – rated third – is one of three Canadian cities listed among the top destinations.
“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,” Mr Copestake said.
The world’s top 10 most liveable cities:
1. Melbourne, Australia.
2. Vienna, Austria.
3. Vancouver, Canada.
4. Toronto, Canada.
5. Calgary, Canada.
5. (equal) Adelaide, Australia.
7. Sydney, Australia.
8. Helsinki, Finland.
9. Perth, Australia.
10. Auckland, New Zealand.
20. Brisbane, Australia.
How they scored
Melbourne’s score of 97.5 per cent is close to the perfect score, with the city only losing points for climate, culture and petty crime.
Adelaide lost points on culture and environment but new infrastructure in the city pushed it above Sydney which scored well in health care, education and infrastructure but was regarded the least stable among the list of top 10 cities in a category that considers crime, the terror threat and the risk of civil unrest.
Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Survey 2012.
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