Melbourne has finally claimed the top spot in The Economist’s Most Livable City awards, beating Vancouver, which has been at the top since 2002.
Other Australian cities scored highly too, Sydney came in 6th and Perth and Adelaide shared 8th position, Brisbane came in 21st. This in comparison to London’s rather lowly 53rd and New York’s 56th positions.
The 140 cities are scored in five key areas; stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Melbourne scored 97.5 per cent to top the list, only just beating Vienna’s 97.4 per cent and Vancouver’s 97.3 per cent.
Australia has so many top ranking cities because of its low population density and relatively low crime rates. Although the cost of living is high due to the strong Australian dollar, the cities still offer a range of factors to make them highly attractive. However, the most livable city is also one of the most expensive cities too, coming in 7th just behind Sydney’s 6th in another Economist report on the cost of living.
Many people have expressed that the survey doesn’t give points for weather, in which Sydney would surely score higher than Melbourne. Nonetheless, Melbourne has been higher than Sydney in this list for the last decade, and now has finally topped it.
Australia itself is the ultimate winner, with four cities in the top 10 compared to Canada’s three and Europe’s two.