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Global Liveability Rankings 2016
Aug 26, 2016

The Economist Intelligence Unit recently released a report that ranks the best and worst cities in the world. In its A Summary of the Liveability Ranking and Overview  of 140 cities surveyed, it looks at which cities have the best living and worst living conditions.

  • This includes healthcare, education, infrastructure, safety, and the threat of terrorism.
  • The rankings also take into account the generosity of expatriate relocation packages—funding a company gives to an individual when they decide to take up a role abroad.
  • The 140 surveyed cities were given a mark out of 100 across various sectors and then given an overall score out of 100.
  • The latest findings of Global Liveability Ranking provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide.
  • Liveability has deteriorated in 29 of the 140 cities (20 per cent) surveyed over the last 12 months.
  • The decline is largely a result of heightened fears over terrorism with more than 1,000 reported attacks in 2016 so far, with incidents in France, Turkey, the US and Belgium being the most high profile.
  • Factors such as social unrest in many US cities due to the deaths of black people in police custody, tensions in Eastern Europe and Asia and the ongoing civil wars in Ukraine, Syria and Libya have compounded the decline.
  • Cities were ranked on categories including stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure, but cost of living wasn't taken into account.

Melbourne has retained its crown as the world's most liveable city. Six of the top 10 livable cities in the world are in Australia and Canada. Melbourne ranked first, Vienna was second and Vancouver third, with Toronto, Calgary, Adelaide and Perth rounding up the top seven, though the scores differentiating the quality of life in the top 15 to 20 cities were marginal.

Top-10 Most Liveable Cities

  • Melbourne, Australia (1); Vienna, Austria (2); Vancouver, Canada (3); Toronto, Canada (4); Calgary, Canada (5); Adelaide, Australia (6); Perth, Australia (7); Auckland, New Zealand (8); Helsinki, Finland  (9); Hamburg, Germany (10).

Top-10 Least Liveable Cities

  • Kiev, Ukraine (131); Douala, Cameroon (132); Harare, Zimbabwe (133); Karachi, Pakistan (134); Algiers, Algeria (134); Port Moresby, PNG (136); Dhaka, Bangladesh (137); Lagos, Nigeria (138); Tripoli, Libya (139);  Damascus, Syria, (140).

What the top ranked cities had in common was being situated in relatively wealthy countries with good health and education systems, good quality infrastructure and they tended to be medium-sized, and had low population densities.

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