Australian and Canadian cities dominate Global Liveability Index

Vienna, Austria
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

24 August 2018

Melbourne may have relinquished the top spot of The Economist's Global Liveability Index, but cities in Australia and Canada still overshadow the rankings in 2018.

Vienna has ended Melbourne's seven-year reign as the most liveable city in the world. The Austrian capital is one of only two European cities to reach the top ten of the annual report this year, having scored a near-perfect average of 99.1 across the study's criteria.

Cities are ranked in five categories, assessing any existing challenges to living standards and assigning a score out of 100. The variables include:

  1. Stability (crime statistics, risk of terror attack, civil unrest etc.)
  2. Healthcare (accessibility of public and private care, general health etc.)
  3. Culture & Environment (climate, access to information, culture and sporting presence etc.)
  4. Education (public education rankings, quality of private education etc.)
  5. Infrastructure (public transport, housing quality, energy resources etc.)

Both Australia and Canada had three major cities included in the top 10. Melbourne was joined by Sydney and Adelaide, while Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto all scored upwards of 97.

Japan also performed well with both Tokyo and Osaka earning full marks for stability and education, the latter city having climbed six places since last year.

The 10 most liveable cities: The Global Liveability Index 2018

10. Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide, Australia

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

8. Tokyo, Japan (-7)

Tokyo, Japan

7. Toronto, Canada (-7)

Toronto, Canada

6. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada

5. Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

4. Calgary, Canada

Calgary, Canada

3. Osaka, Japan

Osaka, Japan

2. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

1. Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria


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