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Melbourne has once again been named the world’s most liveable city

Travellers considering a more permanent relocation may want to consider Melbourne – the Australian city has been named the world’s most liveable city for the sixth year in a row.

Melbourne has ranked slightly above Vienna as the world's most liveable city, in a ranking based on stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure, culture and environment.
Melbourne has ranked slightly above Vienna as the world’s most liveable city, in a ranking based on stability, healthcare, education, infrastructure, culture and environment. Image by Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Melbourne beat out Vienna, Austria by a slim margin in this year’s Economist Intelligence Unit poll, which ranks the world’s major cities on criteria such as healthcare, education, culture, environment and more. The top city earned a score of 97.5 out of 100, while Vienna was given a score of 97.4.

A man drinks at Cafe Sperl, Vienna.
A man drinks at Cafe Sperl, Vienna. Image by Helen Cathcart

Australian and Canadian cities dominated the list, with six of the top seven cities found in the two countries. Third and fourth places were taken by Canadian cities Vancouver and Toronto, respectively. The Canadian city of Calgary and the Australian city of Adelaide were tied for fifth place, while Perth in Australia came next. Rounding out the top 10 are Auckland, New Zealand; Helsinki, Finland; and Hamburg, Germany.

Cyclists in Stanley Park, Vancouver.
Cyclists in Stanley Park, Vancouver. Image by Alexander Howard

The report notes that there are similarities among the top cities, describing them as “mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with relatively low population density”, noting that Australia and Canada have population densities of 3.1 and 3.9 per square kilometre respectively. That means those cities can have many recreational activities with high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure.

Children ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Canada.
Children ice skating at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, Canada. Image by Damion Rae Photography

Melbourne City Council – which has already begun celebrating its sixth year with the title – posted a YouTube video showcasing the city.