A recent survey by the Economist shows that Auckland is the only city in New Zealand to make the list of the world’s 10 most liveable cities.
Melbourne pressed on and usurped Austria’s capital Vienna to claim the Global Liveability Survey title of the best city in the world to live in for the third consecutive year.
Vienna and Helsinki are the only European cities to make the top 10 dominated by five in Australasia: four in Australia, one in New Zealand and three in Canada.
The full list ranks 140 cities, with the top 10 remaining unchanged from last year.
Each city is given a liveability rating representing the challenges that a city might present to an individual’s lifestyle. To get this rating, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) scores each city on 30 qualitative and quantitative factors, across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
The reports finding states that since 2008, the average global liveability score has fallen by 0.6 per cent, leading to a 1.3 per cent fall in the average stability score.
“The cities of Damascus, Tripoli and Cairo have seen the sharpest five-year declines, with the Syrian capital seeing a 20 per cent fall in liveability and moving to the very bottom of the ranking.”
The world’s most liveable cities:
- Melbourne, Australia, 97.5
- Vienna, Austria, 97.4
- Vancouver, Canada, 97.3
- Toronto, Canada, 97.2
- Joint between Adelaide, Australia & Calgary, Canada 96.6
- Sydney, Australia, 96.1
- Helsinki, Finland, 96.0
- Perth, Australia, 95.9
- Auckland, New Zealand, 95.7
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