Living in Melbourne - Invest Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Living in Melbourne
Melbourne is Australia’s fastest growing capital city.
Victoria is home to 5.5 million people with four million living in the capital city, Melbourne. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s three most liveable cities by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Melbourne is Australia’s fastest growing capital city. Melbourne is a comparably young city with 48% of people under 35 years of age.
Melburnians come from more than 200 nations, and over half were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas making Melbourne one of the world’s most multicultural cities. More than a quarter of Melburnians speak a language other than English at home.
The combination of this multicultural diversity and a temperate climate has translated into Melburnians’ love of fine dining, arts and culture, sports and the outdoors.
A combination of this multicultural diversity and a temperate climate has translated into Melbournians love of fine dining, arts and culture, sports and the outdoors.
Melbourne is the world's most liveable city in the world.
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Numerous global studies agree, Melbourne has one of the highest standards of living in the world.
Melbourne has again been ranked the most liveable city in the world by the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit. The EIU’s annual Global Liveability Survey takes into account over 30 factors, across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture & environment, education and infrastructure. Melbourne has featured as one of the world’s three most liveable cities since the survey began in 2002.
The United Nations Development Programme - Human Development Report 2013 - Human Development Index ranks the Australian quality of life as second in the world, behind only Norway. Australia has held the number two position since 2006 in the annual index which ranks 186 nations in the areas of incomes, health and education. In addition, Australia has one of the highest (ranked 6th) life expectancies in the world for 2005-2010, as listed by the 2010 revision of the United Nations World Population Prospects report.
The 2013 Monocle Most Liveable City Index ranks Melbourne second behind Copenhagen. The Index, which ranks the top 25 cities in the world to live in, highlights the city’s lifestyle, food culture and mix of people as key strengths. The Monocle Index takes into consideration 11 factors including international connectivity, quality of architecture, public transport, access to nature, urban design and business conditions.
William M Mercer, a global consulting group, has also consistently rated Melbourne as one of the top 20 cities in the world in terms of quality of life. Mercer's Quality of Living Survey uses measures of political stability, security, economic strengths, access to medical facilities, standards of education, recreational and cultural options, standards of housing and environmental considerations.
Complementing Melbourne's superior quality of life is aan effective legal system, a skilled workforce and a national culture that is open to foreign ideas, according to the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2012.
Melbourne enjoys a temperate climate.
The temperate climate of Melbourne makes doing business here a lot easier. There is no need to worry about the extremes of hot or cold temperatures hindering your business processes.
Located in the southern hemisphere Melbourne's seasons are opposite to those of North America, Europe and most of Asia. Despite its reputation for unpredictable weather, where all four seasons can be experienced in one day, Melbourne offers a comfortable environment, regardless of the season.
The seasons of Melbourne
Dec - Feb
A typical summer day in Melbourne is warm and sunny, with a freshening sea breeze from the south to southeast in the afternoon. A hot summer spell can produce temperatures that exceed 40°C, but this usually ends with a cool change.
Mar - May
Autumn is generally considered the most pleasant season in Melbourne. Many days are mild and sunny with afternoon sea breezes. Cloudy, showery weather increases towards the end of autumn.
Jun - Aug
Melbourne experiences some of Australia's coldest weather in winter, with some nights producing frost. Snow doesn't fall in the city itself, but occasionally the outlying hills receive a light snowfall. In the alpine region, average temperatures range from -5 to 5°C.
Sep - Nov
At the beginning of spring, cloudy overcast days with gusty winds can be experienced, with an average of 5.8 hours of sunshine a day. The weather begins to warm up towards the end of spring. Sometimes a full range of weather can be experienced in a matter of days.
Melbourne is a unique and beautiful place to live and work
Melbourne, the city itself, is well-designed and located amidst parklands along the banks of the Yarra River, just a few kilometres from Port Phillip Bay. With the sea to the south and mountains to the north, the city offers something for everyone.
Melbourne has a vibrant intellectual and cultural centre and a creative and entrepreneurial soul. It has extensive parks and gardens, spacious suburbs, affordable housing, good education, accessible public transport and a modern road system. With a low crime rate, it provides a safe and healthy environment in which to live and work.
In terms of entertainment, Melbourne has a plethora of cosmopolitan cafes, restaurants and clubs, a vibrant arts scene and world renowned sporting events.