OKAY! ITS OFFICIAL – Melbourne is TOP CITY again according to CNN.
Once again like a BOSS – the Australian city is ranked number 1 in the charts for the most liveable city in the world for the seventh year in a row. How did this happen?
Well there is an annual list that assesses aspects such as healthcare, culture, environment, education, infrastructure and stability in 140 cities worldwide. And Melbourne received a score of 97.5 out of 100 – now that is a good score!
The Austrian capital Vienna came a close second place, (WHY) with a score of 97.4, and my choice – Canada’s Vancouver, scored 97.3 retaining their place for the last several years.
There doesn’t seem to be many surprises at the top end of the list, however there are some major changes further down. For example: Reykjavik, Iceland moved up 13 places from 50 to 37th place on the list. The rise is due to an increase in tourism as well as redevelopment.
Amsterdam, which has been in decline over the years have some light shining down on the city. And they have progressed up to a respectable 18th position with a score of 94.0.
However, several cities such as Manchester and Stockholm have taken a significant nosedive as a result of the terrorist attacks recently. I think the score system is too quick to judge in this case, as these attacks were not frequent over a number of years. Overall, the outlook is positive on a global scale as at least 12 cities have seen major improvements while just 6 had experienced a decline.
“While the improvement is marginal it does reflect a positive note for global livability, which has been beset by mounting instability over the course of the last decade,” says Jon Copestake, editor of the survey.
“Many of the challenges to livability have not gone away, terror attacks have continued and geopolitical posturing has created further international uncertainty. Perhaps a turning point has been reached but livability levels remain low by historical standards.” (Economist Intelligence Unit Global Liveability Ranking)
Unsurprisingly, London or Paris are from the top cities due to crime rate and congestion and basically being very expensive. And nestled down at bottom of the list is made up of cities devastated by war, poverty and political unrest. (very sad indeed)
Cities such as Damascus Syria lie at the very bottom of the list with a measly 30.2. Other cities at the low end are Lagos Nigeria and Libya’s Tripoli with relatively low scores of 36.
Well there you have it – I almost feel a bit strange that the countries that lie at the very bottom do not seem to have the slightest hope of climbing up the table. So that one day they too can be seen as thriving cities with interesting cultures, healthcare, stability, education and resources that people around the world would be happy to build a life in that very city.
Most liveable cities 2017:
- Melbourne, Australia
- Vienna, Austria
- Vancouver, Canada
- Toronto, Canada
- (tie) Calgary, Canada
- (tie) Adelaide, Australia
- Perth, Australia
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Helsinki, Finland
- Hamburg, Germany
Comment below and let me know your thoughts about this article and whether these were your choices.
As always #livebetter