If you’ve ever wanted to pack your bags and start a new life someplace wonderful, it may be time to peruse the latest list of the world’s most liveable cities.
For the seventh year in a row, Melbourne, Australia has been named the most liveable city in the world, with Canadian and Australian cities snapping up six of the 10 top spots.
The honour was bestowed upon Melbourne in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report, which measures cities on benchmarks like stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure.
The top 10 cities are: Melbourne, Australia; Vienna, Austria; Vancouver, Canada; Toronto, Canada; Calgary, Canada; Adelaide, Australia; Perth, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Helsinki, Finland; and Hamburg, Germany.
The five highest ranked cities have remained unchanged since last year, and the report notes that there is a correlation between the types of centres that tend to make the top grade. “Those that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density. These can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure.”
With global megacities like New York, London and Tokyo absent from the top 10, the report notes that Australia and Canada maintained their edge with population densities of 2.9 and 3.7 people per sq km, compared with a global average of 57. Major metropolises with high populations tend to encounter undesirable problems like congestion, public transport problems and high costs of living.