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Where is the Most Liveable City in the World?

Where is the Most Liveable City in the World?

Australia Again!

OKAY! ITS OFFICIAL –  Melbourne is TOP CITY again according to CNN. 

Where is the Most Liveable City in the World?

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.  

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 “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: 

  1. Melbourne, Australia
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Toronto, Canada
  5. (tie) Calgary, Canada
  6. (tie) Adelaide, Australia
  7. Perth, Australia
  8. Auckland, New Zealand
  9. Helsinki, Finland
  10. Hamburg, Germany

Comment below and let me know your thoughts about this article and whether these were your choices.

As always #livebetter

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  • Reply
    kathryn Maher
    August 23, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Gosh Australia does it again. I’m not surprised about Canada though as my son and his friends went there for the summer to work and said there were great opportunities there. It was very expensive but the wages were also in keeping with the high cost of living. Good news if your working there …bad news if your a tourist!

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    August 24, 2017 at 12:14 am

    It does not surprise me that Melbourne has been voted as the most Liveable city but how crazy that it and Canada features so many times throughout the top 10. Great that Iceland has moved up as well!

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    Chei Pangan
    August 24, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Wow you have a great list of this liveable cities. I will put this on my list and will visit Melbourne, Australia soon. Thanks for sharing.

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    Rhian Westbury
    August 24, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Some of these places do not surprise me, but I think it’s sad that cities like Manchester suffer so much after one incident x

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    Stephanie Lane
    August 24, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Wow this list is sobering….I know you said livable but what about just to visit. It make you wonder what others could learn from these governments to keep their residents safe.

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    August 24, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    It’s interesting to see how according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (who are those people anyway?) 7 out of the 10 cities are actually English speaking. In general – 3 cities from Australia and 3 from Canada it does seem a bit… biased? Also, quite surprising to see Adelaide there as well – while it might be livable, it’s aging very rapidly, much faster than other cities in Australia.

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    August 25, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Wow! I definitely consider myself lucky for being able to live in the most livable country in the world. Melbourne for sure has its charms and wonders. Love this city! <3

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    August 25, 2017 at 9:36 am

    For me Vienna is the best city to live in the world. I have not seen a city that is so clean as this one. I also agree that Australia has some nice cities as well but I haven`t been there yet.

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    August 25, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Insightful… been to Melbourne an amazing city… loved the coffee!

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    Fashion and Style Police
    August 25, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I found this article interesting. Shocked British cities are not on the list. I would love to visit Australia and Canada one day.

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    August 25, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    What a mind blowing place. I wish I can explore that one day. Lovely writing.

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    August 25, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Australia is a stunning place. I haven’t been but I’ve seen photos and friends say it’s lovely there. I’m used to London so don’t think anything else would do for me to live long term.

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    Via Bella
    August 26, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    I would love to see the criteria for what makes these cities the most liveable. None from my country are there. But that is okay!

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    August 26, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    You just made my desire to visit Australia that much more!! Beautiful post and pics 😉

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    Ron Meker
    August 28, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    After visiting the 2nd place a few times I need to check for myself what all the hype around Australia is all about.

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    Radif Rahman
    August 28, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I would love to live in Melbourne as it is one of my favorite city, really helpful article.

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    August 28, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    We absolutely loved our travels throughout Australia last season from Vancouver, BC. Nice to see our city is #3 on the list. I actually think my home town of Victoria, BC is ever nicer to live in 🙂

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