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Melbourne named most liveable city in the world, again - Global Liveability Survey 2012

Melbourne named most liveable city in the world, again


14 August 2012

Melbourne has been named the best city in the world to live, according to the latest Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Survey.

Video: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Liveability


This is the second consecutive year that the Victorian capital has been at the top of the influential index, since taking the title from Vancouver after a run of almost a decade. Before this, Melbourne had consistently been in the top three positions of the 140 cities listed.

Melbourne is well-known for its high quality of life, with its vibrant multicultural community, renowned arts scene and world famous food and wine, as well as Australia’s best shopping and leisure opportunities. Adding to this vibrant lifestyle, Melbourne is home to some of the world’s most prestigious cultural and sporting events - consistently being ranked as one of the world’s ‘Ultimate Sporting cities’ in the biennial SportBusiness awards.

Melbourne scores highly in all of the EIU’s criteria and achieves perfect scores in the areas of healthcare, education and infrastructure. Ongoing investment in Melbourne’s world-class infrastructure was highlighted in the report for keeping Melbourne at the top of the index.

Australian cities dominated the rankings claiming four of the top ten spots, with Adelaide coming in joint-fifth and Sydney and Perth falling one place in the rankings to sixth and eighth position respectively. Vienna once again came in second place with Vancouver (3), Toronto (4), Calgary (=5), Helsinki (8) and Auckland (10) rounding out the top ten.

The EIU’s Liveability Ranking, part of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, assesses living conditions in 140 cities around the world by assigning a rating across five broad categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

As the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne attracts people from all over the world ensuring a steady supply of highly talented workers. Its enviable lifestyle, skilled and innovative workforce and competitive business environment all combine to make Melbourne one of the most dynamic cities in the world.


American spelling: livability, livable, Global Livability Survey.
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