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Once Again, Melbourne Has Been Named The World’s Most Liveable City

Soz Sydney.

Just days after Sydney celebrated their ranking as the world’s second friendliest city, Melbourne has stolen the spotlight (again) by nabbing the crown for the world’s most liveable city (again).

For the sixth year in a row, Melbourne has placed first on the annual Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), with a score of 97.5 out of 100. The EIU rates cities on a number of factors including stability, healthcare, infrastructure, education, culture and environment. Voters consider things like the prevalence of petty crime, weather, corruption, censorship, public transport and the quality of private and public education. Melbourne’s liveability score hasn’t changed since 2011, receiving consistent praise in the education, healthcare and infrastructure categories.

Adelaide made tracks as well, tying fifth place with Calgary, Canada. Perth nabbed 7th, with Sydney just missing out of the top 10. Sydney fell four places from last year’s 7th place finish, owing in most part to what the EIU calls “a heightened perceived threat of terrorism.”

Melbourne was followed closely by Vienna – so close in fact that only 0.1 percentage points separate the top two cities. Canada scored well with three cities in the top 10: Vancouver (3rd), Toronto (4th) and Calgary (tied 5th). At the other end of the scale, Damascus in war-torn Syria was ranked as the world’s least liveable out of 140 cities.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s most liveable city rankings for 2016

#1 Melbourne
#2 Vienna
#3 Vancouver
#4 Toronto
#5 Adelaide
#5 Calgary
#7 Perth
#8 Auckland
#9 Helsinki
#10 Hamburg
#11 Sydney

We definitely agree that Melbourne is pretty great. To illustrate our point, here’s a few Melbourne features we prepared earlier…


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(Lead image: Tourism Victoria)