31 Aug 2011

Most liveable city in the world

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Melbourne claimed the title of the world’s most liveable city in the Economist Intelligence Unit‘s (EIU) latest Global Liveability Survey, with Sydney, Perth and Adelaide also making it into the top 10. It’s the first time in almost a decade of the survey that Vancouver hasn’t ranked as the best place to live in the world. The Canadian city slipped to third spot, behind Vienna in Austria. The 140 cities reviewed are scored on 30 factors in five categories – stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

In the ranking Melbourne scored 97.5%, just beating Vienna on 97.4% and Vancouver on 97.3%. A ranking of 100% is considered ideal. Sydney was ranked sixth best – up from seventh in the previous survey – while Perth and Adelaide ranked unchanged with a joint eight slot. Brisbane was ranked 21.

Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, was rated the worst city in the world to call home (38.2%) thanks to particularly poor scores for its stability, health care and infrastructure. The report is written for business people from western countries and used to work out hardship allowances as part of an expatriate’s relocation package. The report’s authors say that the survey quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide. Seen from such a western perspective, it is therefore not suprising that the survey’s lowest ranked cities are all in developing countries.

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