Global Liveability Ranking

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The Global Livability Ranking is a yearly assessment published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), ranking 172 global cities (previously 140) for their urban quality of life based on assessments of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Austria's capital, Vienna, was ranked the most liveable city in 2022 among the 172 cities surveyed by The Economist Intelligence Unit, having previously won in 2018 and 2019.[1] [2] Auckland was ranked the most liveable city in 2021. Melbourne, Australia, had been ranked by the EIU as the world's most liveable city for seven years in a row, from 2011 to 2017.[3]

The Syrian capital, Damascus, was ranked the least liveable city of the 140 assessed in 2018 and 2019, reflecting the ongoing conflict in that country.

Before 2011, Vancouver, Canada, was ranked the EIU's most liveable city from 2002 to 2010. In 2011 the EIU stated that a highway closure on Vancouver Island (separated from Vancouver by the Strait of Georgia and not connected by a bridge) resulted in the "small adjustment" to Vancouver's rating, suggesting a possible error in the 2011 rankings.[4]

Cities from Australia, Canada, western Europe and New Zealand typically dominate the top 10, reflecting their widespread availability of goods and services, low personal risk, and an effective infrastructure. A 2010 opinion piece in The New York Times criticized the Economist Intelligence Unit for being overly Anglocentric, stating that: "The Economist equates liveability with speaking English."[5]

The EIU also publishes a Worldwide Cost of Living Survey that compares the cost of living in a range of global cities.[6]

2022 results[edit]

Top 10 cities of the 2022 ranking.[7][1]

Sl. City Ratings Country
1 Vienna 99.1  Austria
2 Copenhagen 98.0  Denmark
3 Zurich 96.3   Switzerland
Calgary  Canada
5 Vancouver 96.1  Canada
6 Geneva 95.9   Switzerland
7 Frankfurt 95.7  Germany
8 Toronto 95.4  Canada
9 Amsterdam 95.3  Netherlands
10 Osaka 95.1  Japan
Melbourne  Australia

2021 results[edit]

Top 10 cities of the 2021 ranking.[8][9]

Sl. City Ratings Country
1 Auckland 96.0  New Zealand
2 Osaka 94.2  Japan
3 Adelaide 94.0  Australia
4 Wellington 93.7  New Zealand
Tokyo  Japan
6 Perth 93.3  Australia
7 Zurich 92.8   Switzerland
8 Geneva 92.5   Switzerland
Melbourne  Australia
10 Brisbane 92.4  Australia

2019 results[edit]

Top 10 cities of the 2019 ranking[10][11][12]

Sl. City Ratings Country
1 Vienna 99.1  Austria
2 Melbourne 98.4  Australia
3 Sydney 98.1  Australia
4 Osaka 97.7  Japan
5 Calgary 97.5  Canada
6 Vancouver 97.3  Canada
7 Tokyo 97.2  Japan
Toronto  Canada
9 Copenhagen 96.8  Denmark
10 Adelaide 96.6  Australia

2018 results[edit]

Top 10 cities of the 2018 ranking[13][14][15]

Sl. City Ratings Country
1 Vienna 99.1  Austria
2 Melbourne 98.4  Australia
3 Osaka 97.7  Japan
4 Calgary 97.5  Canada
5 Sydney 97.4  Australia
6 Vancouver 97.3  Canada
7 Tokyo 97.2  Japan
Toronto  Canada
9 Copenhagen 96.8  Denmark
10 Adelaide 96.6  Australia

2017 results[edit]

Top 10 of the 2017 ranking:[16][17][18]

Sl City Ratings Country
1 Melbourne 97.5  Australia
2 Vienna 97.4  Austria
3 Vancouver 97.3  Canada
4 Toronto 97.2  Canada
5 Adelaide 96.6  Australia
Calgary  Canada
7 Perth 95.9  Australia
8 Auckland 95.7  New Zealand
9 Helsinki 95.6  Finland
10 Hamburg 95  Germany

2016 results[edit]

Top 10 of the 2016 ranking:[19][20]

Sl. City Ratings Country
1 Melbourne 97.5  Australia
2 Vienna 97.4  Austria
3 Vancouver 97.3  Canada
4 Toronto 97.2  Canada
5 Adelaide 96.6  Australia
Calgary  Canada
7 Perth 95.9  Australia
8 Auckland 95.7  New Zealand
9 Helsinki 95.6  Finland
10 Hamburg 95  Germany

2015 results[edit]

Top 10 of the 2015 ranking:[21][22]

Sl. City Ratings Country
1 Melbourne 97.5  Australia
2 Vienna 97.4  Austria
3 Vancouver 97.3  Canada
4 Toronto 97.2  Canada
5 Adelaide 96.6  Australia
Calgary  Canada
7 Sydney 96.1  Australia
8 Perth 95.9  Australia
9 Auckland 95.7  New Zealand
10 Helsinki 95.6  Finland
Zürich   Switzerland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Global Liveability Index 2022" (PDF). Economist Intelligence Unit. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Vienna remains the world's most liveable city". The Economist. 4 September 2019. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Category". Herald Sun. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Vancouver Drops In Economist Rank Of Liveable Cities Due To Highway Closure On Vancouver Island". Huffington Post. 30 August 2011.
  5. ^ Greenway, H.D.S. (26 May 2010). "The Best Place to Live?". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  6. ^ "The Worldwide Cost of Living Survey". www.eiu.com. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Vienna reclaims title of the world's most liveable city". 23 June 2022 – via www.theguardian.com.
  8. ^ "Coronavirus: Auckland ranked most liveable city as pandemic shifts list". 9 June 2021 – via www.bbc.com.
  9. ^ "The Global Liveability Index 2021" (PDF). Economist Intelligence Unit. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Global Liveability Index 2019". The Economist Intelligence Unit.
  11. ^ "World's most livable city for 2019, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit". CNN.
  12. ^ "These are the world's most liveable cities in 2019". CNBC. 16 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Global Liveability Index 2018". The Economist Intelligence Unit.
  14. ^ "The world's most liveable cities in 2018". www.msn.com. Archived from the original on 15 August 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  15. ^ "The top 10 most liveable cities in the world, according to The Global Liveability Index 2018". CNBC. 16 August 2018.
  16. ^ "The Global Liveability Report 2017". The Economist Intelligence Unit. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Global liveability has improved for the first time in a decade". 16 August 2017 – via The Economist.
  18. ^ Smith, Oliver (17 August 2017). "Revealed: The world's best (and worst) cities to live in". The Telegraph.
  19. ^ solutions, EIU digital. "Global Liveability Ranking 2016". www.eiu.com.
  20. ^ Choudhury, Saheli Roy (17 August 2016). "These are the most livable cities in the world".
  21. ^ economist.com The world's most 'liveable' cities Aug 18th 2015
  22. ^ "Liveability ranking and overview" (PDF). Herald Sun. 17 August 2019.

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