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Melbourne: world's most liveable city for third year in a row, 2013 EIU Global Liveability Index

Melbourne - world's most liveable city for third year in a row


28 August 2013

Video: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - most liveable city in the world


Melbourne has once again been ranked the best city in the world to live, according to the latest Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) 2013 Global Liveability Survey.

This is the third 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.

Australian cities dominated the rankings claiming four of the top ten spots, with Adelaide coming in equal fifth and Sydney and Perth falling one place in the rankings to seventh and ninth 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.

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.


Rank
City
Overall Rating (100=ideal)
1
Melbourne
97.5
2
Vienna
97.4
3
Vancouver
97.3
4
Toronto
97.2
5
Calgary
96.6
6
Adelaide
96.6
7
Sydney
96.1
8
Helsinki
96.0
9
Perth
95.9
10
Auckland
96.7
Source: Economist Intelligence Unit

The news comes just weeks after the Monocle named Melbourne’s quality of life the second best in the world – rising from fifth place in 2012. Melbourne’s constant reinvention of itself with new innovative buildings rising as quickly as new food trucks and restaurants appear is referenced by the report. The magazine comments that “The intelligent charm of Melbourne is being matched by clever city-wide ideas” as it commends the significant investment in infrastructure and cycle-ways.

Melbourne continues to top the liveability ranking, not just because of the natural advantages of low population density but because of the consistent and strategic infrastructure investment. The same foresight that the city's founders had in laying out Melbourne's grid system of wide avenues and lush green parks, continues to today with multi-billion dollar developments such as an East-West road link, the expansion of the Melbourne Metro system and the continued investment in the Southbank Cultural Precinct.

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.

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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