World's most liveable city, seven years running
The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2017 Global Liveability Index, which assesses living conditions in 140 cities globally—has awarded us the top city for the seventh year running. Melbourne has consistently ranked as one of the world's three most liveable cities since the index began in 2002. Our cohesive and stable society, healthcare, education, and world-class infrastructure make Melbourne a magnificent city in which to live and work.
Easy to recruit talented professionals
Melbourne's lifestyle is an easy sell when recruiting and retaining talented professionals. Victoria is home to the most educated people in Australia. Over half of all Victorians aged 15-64 hold a post-secondary qualification, while over one quarter have a university degree. Finding motivated and skilled professionals is easy and you'll have no trouble convincing your own talent to come with you. Australia is ranked highly by expats as a destination for working abroad.
As the world's most liveable city five years running, Melbourne has received perfect scores for healthcare every year. Victorians are a group of healthy and active citizens, but when our health deteriorates, we're lucky to have one of the strongest healthcare systems in the world. We have a very high standard and quality of healthcare in both public and private hospital systems, as well as community health services, ambulance and dental services.
Clean green parks and fresh air
In the middle of our bustling city, take a break to calm and restore yourself with age-old trees, manicured lawns and abundant wildlife in a pocket of calm and tranquility. In the city of Melbourne itself, wander the tree-lined pathways through the Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens, the sculptured terraces of Birrarung Marr, or the masterfully designed Royal Botanic Gardens with its ornamental labyrinth of lawns, gently weaving paths and venerable old trees.
Quality schools and university education
Melbourne is home to some of the best schools and universities in the world. With 10 world-class universities, Melbourne is also home to the highest ranked university in Australia and the third highest in Asia-Pacific. There are over 2500 schools in Victoria and over 1300 schools in Melbourne. The majority of Victorian and Melbourne schools are co-educational, with a small number of Victorian or Melbourne schools being single-sexed schools.
Melbourne is a truly magnificent city in which to live and work.
In 2017 Melbourne has once again been ranked the world's most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) Global Liveability Index - an accolade we've received seven years running. This world recognised index rates 140 global cities across a range of liveability factors. While this is our seventh consecutive year at the top of the table, we're proud to have consistently ranked as one of the world's top three most liveable cities since the index began in 2002.
Contributing to our ongoing top ranking is Melbourne's consistent performance across five broad categories. In 2017 we achieved perfect scores in healthcare, education and infrastructure while we outranked Sydney in the areas of stability, and culture & environment.1
Achievements like these make Melbourne's lifestyle an easy sell when recruiting and retaining talented professionals. Australia is ranked by expats in the top 10 places to live, ranking particularly highly for general quality of life, ease of settling in and as a destination for working abroad.2
Victorians are a healthy group, with a life expectancy that is amongst the highest in the world.3 We have high quality public and private hospitals, as well as community health services, ambulance and dental services. Melbourne has received a perfect score for healthcare for each of the past seven years by the EIU Liveability Index.
Melbourne features numerous parks and open spaces. In the middle of our bustling city, take the opportunity to enjoy the tree-lined pathways through the Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens, the sculptured terraces of Birrarung Marr and the expansive Royal Botanic Gardens.
Melbourne is home to a highly educated population and some of the best schools and universities in the world. 33 percent of the population is degree qualified or higher.4 With 10 world-class universities, Melbourne has the highest ranked university in Australia and the third highest in the Asia Pacific.5 In addition there are over 2,500 schools in Victoria of which over 1,300 are in Melbourne.6
- Economist Intelligence Unit, Global Liveability Report
- Expat Insider 2014 Survey
- ABS, cat. no. 3302 and OECD Health Statistics
- ABS Census 2016
- Times Higher Education, World University Rankings
- The National Education Directory of Australia.