The Economist magazine has announced its list of the world’s most liveable cities, giving Australians reason to be proud.
The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey rated 140 cities out of 100, evaluating them across the five areas of health care, education, stability, culture and environment and infrastructure. The ratings did not include some issues, such as housing affordability.
Melbournians can once again rejoice, with their hometown being named the most liveable for the fifth year running, receiving an almost-perfect score of 97.5. Adelaide followed closely in fifth place, with an overall rating of 96.6.
While 20 per cent of surveyed cities experienced declines in liveability over the past year, Australian cities were recognised as “a relative picture of stability”.
Austria also featured on the list, though seven of the top ten scoring cities were in Australia and Canada. Vienna came in at second place, Vancouver third, Toronto fourth and Calgary in sixth place.
The EIU report said, “Those [cities] that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density.”
“These can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure.” the report said.
Damascus in Syria was given the rank of least liveable city, while the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare was the most improved city.
Sydney finished seventh on the list but due to the hostage siege late last year and the subsequent high terror alert issued to Australia, Australian scores may continue to be affected in coming years.