The Economist has just released its annual list of the world’s most livable cities. The ranking is based on 30 different factors, including safety, healthcare, infrastructure, and educational resources. The city that won the top honor? Melbourne, Australia. The Economist Intelligence Unit performed the research, and notes that the most livable places are “mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density.” With four of the top 10 cities in Australia and three more in Canada, it can be concluded that they are the most livable countries. Here are the best cities in the world:
- Melbourne, Australia
- Vienna, Austria
- Vancouver, Canada
- Toronto, Canada
- Calgary, Canada
- Adelaide, Australia
- Sydney, Australia
- Perth, Australia
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Tie: Helsinki, Finland, and Zurich, Switzerland
Thanks to conflicts in the Middle East, Ukraine, and Libya; civil unrest in America; terrorist shootings in France and Tunisia; and economic woes in Greece, many places in the world has fallen on the livability scale. It seems the world in general is less livable, stable, and safe than it used to be—but not, of course, in one of the 11 cities above.
Visiting Australia soon? Here’s a great guidebook.
What do you think of the ranking?