21st Dec 2017
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Why Melbourne is the best city in the world
Author: SJ Fallick
The best city in the world

SJ is a regular travel contributor to YourLifeChoices. Her favourite travel ritual is an afternoon Aperol Spritz, preferably enjoyed pool or beach side.

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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    Scott
    30th Dec 2017
    2:15pm
    It’s a pity that the author does not acknowledge the serious limitations of The Economist’s highly subjective Liveability Survey, compiled as it largely is for fixing remuneration of well-paid corporate staff posted around the world. The criteria are skewed towards the interests of well paid, mobile, professionals. There is strong interest in things like private provision of education and health services. There is also particularly keen attention to terrorism and civil unrest – but not in say, domestic violence, public transport, or even pedestrian safety in CBDs.
    floss
    30th Dec 2017
    3:03pm
    Yes Melburnians are good at self promotion.
    musicveg
    30th Dec 2017
    3:25pm
    I guess it depends on what they are comparing it to.
    baza18
    30th Dec 2017
    3:43pm
    What a joke! At least one murder a day, home invasions, driveby shootings cars stolen. a new Community centre completely destroyed by "youths of African appearance" (sick of hearing that) They walk into shops etc & take what they want & no one can or will stop them. I see they want the Government to set up a special force from the AFP to deal with them. They need to be jailed for a year then sent home if they are not Australian citizens. But no one has the guts to do it
    Anonymous
    30th Dec 2017
    7:57pm
    Ohhhhh Baza ..... you speak such Truth; yes we "whites" never, EVER, walk into shops and take what we want. No whites ever need to be jailed for a year. Oh me oh my, our beloved Jesus was white but, but, but that horrid Satan was black....and have you noticed that the day is white and the dark, dismal, threatening night is---wait for it----yes it's true----the evil night is BLACK. May God bless the Klan and wonderful folk like you and I Baza.
    Julian
    31st Dec 2017
    8:56am
    Yes. Add an important criterium being "quality of government" and that should see it sink a few places. The latest headlines don't do it any favours, especially seeing that all governments are ignoring the elephant in the room and denying that it was indeed a "terrorist act".

    Yet another band aid for cancer cure.
    gadsby
    31st Dec 2017
    9:29am
    Did Bazza 18 say anything that wasnt true?????
    Anonymous
    31st Dec 2017
    11:33am
    Ahhhh, another Klan Brother in Gadsby. The little red haired lady would be so pleased indeed.
    Retired
    30th Dec 2017
    4:55pm
    Yes Baza 18 listening to the news, but not living in Melbourne it seems it's getting a scary place. I hope all the do gooders are well pleased now.
    Jim
    30th Dec 2017
    5:02pm
    Love visiting Melbourne, and Sydney, Adelaide is not bad either, I wouldn't live in any of them, how they rate in the world is very subjective, I note that Vienna is rated No 2 and has in the past rated No 1 having been on holidays there a few times I find that hard to believe, I have found Vienna to be one of the most expensive cities in Europe, not particularly friendly nor unfriendly, transport was OK although taxi's were a bit expensive, so I am not sure that the criteria used is reflective of liveability.
    Kathleen
    30th Dec 2017
    5:03pm
    The trams are wonderful for getting people around. Melbourne is very diverse with restaurants and shops and entertainment. The premier is very forward thinking and keen to keep Melbourne safe and inclusive. Melbourne has a great vibe. The bay is also a big attraction and nearby places. We do feel safe here in Melbourne and love our city.
    Tib
    30th Dec 2017
    6:12pm
    I live in the country and I feel safe as well. I do live in a tough neighbourhood though. Just last year I was attracted by a magpie. :)
    Bonny
    31st Dec 2017
    6:24am
    Trams are crowded and very hot so I'd rather walk instead.
    saintagnes
    30th Dec 2017
    5:12pm
    most definitely NOT
    dirty
    boring
    expensive
    Tib
    30th Dec 2017
    5:48pm
    Melbourne very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. Long traffic jams living in the burbs. No city is liveable as far as I'm concerned. I live in the country surrounded by birds and wildlife not bogans and car thiefs. I visit when it suits me for shows or if something is on but I'm usually glad to leave.
    monette
    30th Dec 2017
    6:41pm
    I'm with you Tib - definitely. Trouble is if we keep saying how great it is outside the city our paradise will be lost. LOL
    Tib
    30th Dec 2017
    8:33pm
    We are safe monette most people in the city think life is about really good shopping. Lol
    Bonny
    31st Dec 2017
    6:33am
    I too live in the country not far from the 2 of the busiest airports outside the capital cities ones that can take me anywhere in Australia and the world. Within a couple of hours I can be in Melbounrne, Sydney or Brisbane.

    If anything goes missing around here it more likely to be taken by an animal than a human and those magpies are like pets too. We are more likely to get fined for not locking our cars than have them stolen too. That's highly unlikely too as I can't remember seeing a policeman around here.

    Easier to shop electronically then bother about going shopping in a big city too.

    30th Dec 2017
    7:34pm
    Melbourne?

    Rubbish.

    Walk up and down Flinders Street and you'll get ..... NOISE!!!! NOISE!!!! NOISE!!! Car fumes everywhere. People bumping into you on the footpath. Make sure you don't trip over all the beggars. Ugly, and I mean **UGLY**, skyscrapers everywhere. FREEEEEEEZING cold in winter.... rain everywhere, gloomy grey skies.

    Oh and did I mention .... NOISE!!! NOISE!!! NOISE!!!.

    Melbourne? YUK.
    Bonny
    31st Dec 2017
    6:35am
    I agree of all the cities in Australia Melbourne is far the busiest and noisest.
    Kathleen
    30th Dec 2017
    8:22pm
    You do realise you are supposed to be comparing Melbourne to other big cities not country towns or the bush??!!
    We moved from Brisbane. Now that is hot.
    Three tram stops from Melbourne Central facing the Botanic Gardens watching trams go by and able to visit the city or get anywhere in a few minutes.
    Amazing shows one after the other and ballet and cricket and football and the list goes on and on. Country people who come for the shows and sport should not criticise.
    To each his own. This is about comparing cities to cities and Melbourne has earned this award over and over.
    Facebook has become full of keyboard warriors knocking everything. People on here should just stick to the topic and address the issue and stop grumbling.
    Tib
    30th Dec 2017
    8:38pm
    The reason they are only comparing cities is because people who live in cities think that is all there is. Good luck with that. Most people who live in the country just laugh.
    Anonymous
    30th Dec 2017
    9:40pm
    That's ok Grandma ..... I still love you xoxox.
    "just cruisin"
    30th Dec 2017
    8:28pm
    I have travelled world wide and find Melbourne to be one of the most unsightly graffiti riddled cities. City housing also beyond an average persons budget.
    "just cruisin"
    30th Dec 2017
    8:28pm
    I have travelled world wide and find Melbourne to be one of the most unsightly graffiti riddled cities. City housing also beyond an average persons budget.
    Anonymous
    30th Dec 2017
    9:42pm
    Could you please repeat that?
    baza18
    30th Dec 2017
    10:15pm
    Jim D. I didn't say whites don't shop lift but I am talking about 5 or 6 people just walking in & taking what they like & not hiding it. The reason I said to be imprisoned for 1 year is because that is the amount of time you have to serve to possibly be deported, it was stated on the news tonight that their visa's may be cancelled. We allow these people to come here for a better life & this is how they thank us
    Cowboy Jim
    31st Dec 2017
    9:53am
    Have lived in Melbourne for 8 years late 70s early 80s, had a small
    house in Carlton near Lygon St. Everything was fine then - before
    "Underbelly" and mass African immigration. Why we are letting these people in beats me. Have lived in Africa for 10 years and Baza18 is
    right on the money.
    Anonymous
    31st Dec 2017
    11:39am
    But, but, but, but Baza you DID "specifically" choose to "emphasise" that **BLACK** people shoplift, whilst at the same time **NOT** mentioning that white people shoplift. Out little Pauline would just love you to bits.
    Anonymous
    31st Dec 2017
    11:41am
    Baza and Cowboy are right off the money.
    ex PS
    31st Dec 2017
    8:56am
    Surely at our age we are living in the best city in the world. If it isn't, why haven't we moved. We have visited most of the capital cities in Australia and quite a few around the world, we have not found one that we would prefer to live in over the rural town we live near now.
    Every human being has a right to stand up for the place they love, it is not worth arguing over.
    baza18
    31st Dec 2017
    9:50am
    I don't live there ex PS
    ex PS
    31st Dec 2017
    6:22pm
    Sorry to hear that, I guess some are luckier than others.
    Scott
    31st Dec 2017
    8:44pm
    Nice going SJ Fallick and your Editor.
    I was the first respondent here, going to the poorly researched and widely criticized piece on which you so simplistically relied.
    It’s not obvious that any other respondent looked at your starting evidence.
    What you seem to have deliberately elicited was mostly uninformed hype and abuse, informed more by prejudice than serious evidence based argument. Presumably this is what you wanted.
    It’s time that Your Life Choices lifted its game. What are you trying to achieve?

    Maybe, in future you expect respondents to actually read the relevant material before publishing respectful replies.


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