These Are the Most Livable Cities in the World

by Daniel Barna

Does the drama of the upcoming presidential election have you considering a move? We might have some suggestions… The Economist Intelligence Unit released its annual ranking of the world’s most livable cities, and to no one’s surprise, Melbourne once again topped the list.

This marks the sixth year in a row that the Australian city finished first, thanks in large part to the quality of its healthcare, environment, culture, education, stability, and infrastructure, the six factors considered when assembling the ranking. Coming in behind Melbourne was Vienna, the Austrian capital that also placed second last year. Next is a trio of Canadian cities in Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary respectively. The United States did not have a single city in the top 10.

The report notes that while the top of the list is consistent from year to year, the news is much more dire in cities that rank at the bottom of the list.

"Although the top five cities remain unchanged, the past year has seen increasing instability across the world, causing volatility in the scores of many cities," the EIU's annual ranking report summary says of the list’s consistency from one year to the next. One of those cities is Paris, whose livability score dropped 3.7% in light of recent terrorist attacks that have plagued the French capital. "The continuing weakening of global stability scores has been made uncomfortably apparent by a number of high-profile incidents that have not shown any signs of slowing in recent years.”

See the rest of the most livable cities in the world below.

  1. Melbourne, Australia
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Toronto, Canada
  5. Calgary, Canada
  6. Adelaide, Australia
  7. Perth, Australia
  8. Auckland, New Zealand
  9. Helsinki, Finland
  10. Hamburg, Germany

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