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The world’s most liveable cities revealed – 2021

Covid has shaken up the rankings of the Economist's annual survey of the world's most liveable cities.

This year Auckland tops the list - a place held by Melbourne for 7 years in a row until it lost its title to Vienna in 2018 and was in second place last time the list was compiled in 2019

This year Adelaide stole the show, ranking as the third most liveable city in the world for 2021.

Overall Australia has again fared well with six of the top ten cities being located in New Zealand or Australia, where tight border controls have allowed residents to live relatively normal lives.

And Sydney just missed the top 10 list coming in at #11.

worlds most liveable cities 2021

Affordability is not measured.

However, the list does not take affordability into account, with house prices in both Australia and New Zealand reaching all time highs.

The average house price in Auckland is $1,219,183, up 16.5 per cent in a year according to Corelogic

Wellington, NZ's capital, is up 27.2 per cent to $1,001,732, the most rapid growth of all major Kiwi cities.

This compares to Australia’s house prices, which jumped 14.3 per cent in a year on average.

Europe is struggling

European cities fared particularly poorly in this year’s list

Vienna, previously the world’s most liveable city between 2018-20, fell to 12th.

Eight of the top ten biggest falls in the rankings are European cities.

Ten of the least liveable cities in the world

Damascus remains the city where life is most difficult because of Syria's ongoing civil war.

  1. Caracas, Venezuela Pushpin on map
  2. Douala, Cameroon
  3. Harare, Zimbabwe
  4. Karachi, Pakistan
  5. Tripoli, Libya
  6. Algiers, Algeria
  7. Dhaka, Bangladesh
  8. Port Moresby, PNG
  9. Lagos, Nigeria
  10. Damascus, Syria

The biggest fall overall among the European cities was the port city of Hamburg in northern Germany, which fell 34 places to 47th.

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