Only one Australian city in the world’s best list

Only one Australian city makes it into the top 10 list of the world’s best cities to live according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) which combines global “liveability” rankings with new criteria that examine “spatial characteristics”

Hong Kong was judged the best city in the world to live, followed by Amsterdam, Osaka and Paris, after additional criteria including urban sprawl, connection and proximity to other cities, and pollution were taken into account.

European cities took five of the top ten ranking spots, with three cities from Asia, one from North America and one from Australia.

Sydney was the only Australian city to make the top 10, coming in at number five.

The index ranked 140 cities against one another.

The top 10 were:

1. Hong Kong
2. Amsterdam
3. Osaka
4. Paris
5. Sydney
6. Stockholm
7. Berlin
8. Toronto
9. Munich
10. Tokyo

“Sydney scores well for having low pollution levels and lots of green space in the additional indicators,” EIU editor Jon Copestake said in a statement.

“Although it was hampered slightly because of the isolation of Australian cities and the urban sprawl of the city.”

Hong Kong scored poorly for pollution and cultural assets, but scored on natural assets and low urban sprawl.

“Hong Kong is a very compact city that has managed to maintain its natural heritage, create a dense network of green spaces and enjoy extensive links to the rest of the world,” the report said.

Tehran scored the lowest on the best cities index, followed by African cities Nairobi and Lusaka.



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'Only one Australian city in the world’s best list' have 3 comments


    July 18, 2012 masterofpuppets

    this list has always been a load of bollocks anyways


      Michael Yardney

      July 18, 2012 Michael Yardney

      I agree
      The “Economic Intelligence Unit” is an oxymoron anyway isn’t it?


    Pete Wargent

    July 18, 2012 Pete Wargent

    HK scored on “low urban sprawl” – can’t argue with that! Not altogether convinced that it’s a great measurement criterion though i.e. the denser the better.


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