The best city in the world

While Sydneysiders will be the first to dispute it, when it comes to the superior Australian city – Melbourne has it covered. In news that won’t come as a surprise to any Melburnian, the cultural capital has been named as the World’s Most Liveable City yet again.

For anyone who hasn’t been counting, this makes it the seventh year running that Melbourne has take out the top spot – which happens to be another record-breaking achievement right there. Not that we’re keeping score or anything.

An honour bestowed by The Economist’s Global Liveability Survey, Melbourne managed a liveability score of 97.5 out of the potential 100 – which is the same score it achieved last year.

The survey rates 140 cities based on a number of key factors, including stability, culture and environment, education, infrastructure and health care. Melbourne scored 100 in education, infrastructure and health care, and while the 95 it scored for culture and environment may not come as a surprise, the 100 for infrastructure – given the glaring lack of decent public transport to the airport – may raise eyebrows, even those belonging to biased Melburnians.

Melbourne has now held first place since 2011, making it the longest consecutive winner of this prestigious title. Before that, Vancouver held the crown for six consecutive years with the only other city to win, Vienna, which held equal thirds in the title with Vancouver and Melbourne in 2003.

Sadly for Sydney, it fell from tenth position to eleventh place this year behind both Adelaide (equal fifth) and Perth (seventh). Brisbane finished in 16th place. The full top 10 Most Liveable Cities were as follows:

  1. Melbourne (97.5)
  2. Vienna (97.4)
  3. Vancouver (97.3)
  4. Toronto (97.2)
  5. Calgary (96.6); 6) Adelaide (96.6)
  6. Perth (95.9)
  7. Auckland (95.7)
  8. Helsinki (95.6)
  9. Hamburg (95.0)

You can read the full results in The Economist.

Do you live in Melbourne and agree with this title? If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?

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Written by SJ


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