Melbourne named world’s most liveable city


SYDNEY—Melbourne has edged out long-time front-runner Vancouver to be rated the world’s most liveable city, a worldwide survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit said Tuesday.

The Australian metropolis topped the Global Liveability Survey’s ranking of 140 cities worldwide, ahead of Canada’s Vancouver which dominated the rankings for almost a decade but is now third behind the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Australian cities featured prominently in the top 10, with Sydney ranked sixth and Perth and Adelaide in joint eighth place, according to the survey, which is conducted twice a year.

Canada also did well, with Toronto and Calgary holding fourth and fifth places respectively.

Helsinki in Finland (seventh) and New Zealand’s Auckland (tenth) rounded out the top 10.

Cities were scored on political and social stability, crime rates, access to quality health care, cultural events, the environment, education and the standard of infrastructure.

“Australia, with a low population density and relatively low crime rates, continues to supply some of the world’s most liveable cities,” said survey editor Jon Copestake.

“Despite the rising cost of living, driven by the strong Australian dollar, these cities offer a range of factors to make them highly attractive.”

Among other well-known cities, Paris came 16th, two places ahead of Tokyo. The top-ranked American city was Honolulu which came 26th, while London was a lowly 53rd, just behind Singapore.

Against the strong performance of Australian and Canadian cities, other parts of the world saw their rankings affected by austerity measures and unrest.

The Greek capital Athens dropped five places to 67th due to recent government cutbacks and protests.

The Arab uprisings prompted a fall in liveability for affected cities in the Middle East. This was most pronounced in Tripoli, where the descent into civil war saw its ranking plummet from 107th to 135th.

Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, was the least liveable city, just ahead of Dhaka in Bangladesh and the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby.

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  • Anonymous

    The article is a bullshit, livable only for the rich people not for the poor or middle class. They are supposed to analyze the standard of living on these areas based on the living standards of the poor.

    • Anonymous

      Well, if they analyze the living standards of these cities based on how their poorest people live, guess who will be on top again? Livability is a standard everyone aspires which means that access to clean water is a basic human need as well as clean air, right? It is a snapshot how cities are able to provide the best necessities. If you have a better methodology, what would be your parameters?
      Guess where Manila is?

      • Ruben

        What’s livability anyway? Did the article mean luxury living?  Good lifestyle?

      • Anonymous

        if you are really interested, why not go to the website or google the methodology? ;-)

    • Mon Saloo

      did not understand the article and still proud of his ignorance! wow!

      • Jao Romero

        natawa nga ako sa kata ngahan.

  • Ruben

    What about Manila?

    • Jao Romero

      oo nga, magme-mention lng naman ng ganitong balita, hindi pa isasali ang concerned country kung saan ilalathala ang balita. ano ba naman yan…

  • Mic Noriega

    Its so ironic that Papua New Guinea, a former colony of Australia, ranks last while its colonizer is first…

  • Anonymous

    Classification should be made more specific. If you say just “liveable”, this is relative. Although the article does mention the criteria used to classify it as “liveable”. It is definitely not “liveable” to most people in the world if the economic aspect is included.

    • Mon Saloo

      mouth wide open, no comment na lang. isa pa itoh!

      • Anonymous

        Tita sino ka ba! Hindi ka naman kinakausap sbat ka ng sabat. Pakilala mo sa akin nanay mo babanatan ko sa pwet. Sabay ka na rin pagka banat ko sa pwet sa nanay mo subo ko sa yo, OK!

      • Anonymous

        At saka pala mga kababayan si Mo Saloo hangang ngayon hindi pa iya alam tatay niya dahil sa dami ng tumira sa nanay niya noon isang gabi na yon. Halos mga 50 lalaki ata sabay sabay,

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