Global Liveability Ranking

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The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) publishes an annual Global Liveability Ranking, which ranks 140 cities for their urban quality of life based on assessments of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.[1] For the first time in this survey's history, Austria's capital, Vienna, ranks as the most liveable of the 140 cities surveyed by The Economist Intelligence Unit in 2018.[2] 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] Improvements in Vienna's score, relating to the stability category in the ranking, helped by the city's low crime rate, helped nudge Vienna into first place.[4] Vienna scores a near-ideal 99.1, separating it from the Australian city by 0.7 points.[5]

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

Prior to 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 bridge) resulted in the "small adjustment" to Vancouver's rating, suggesting a possible error in the 2011 rankings.[6]

Cities from Australia, Canada 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 criticised the Economist Intelligence Unit for being overly anglocentric, stating that: "The Economist clearly equates livability with speaking English."[7]

The EIU also publishes a Worldwide Cost of Living Survey that compares the cost of living in a range of global cities.[8]

2018 results[edit]

Top 10 of the 2018 ranking:[9][10]

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Osaka, Japan
  4. Calgary, Canada
  5. Sydney, Australia
  6. Vancouver, Canada
  7. Tokyo, Japan
  8. Toronto, Canada
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Adelaide, Australia

2017 results[edit]

Top 10 of the 2017 ranking:[11][12]

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

2016 results[edit]

Top 10 of the 2016 ranking:[13][14]

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

2015 results[edit]

Top 10 of the 2015 ranking:[15]

  1. Melbourne, Australia
  2. Vienna, Austria
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Toronto, Canada
  5. Calgary, Canada
  6. Adelaide, Australia
  7. Sydney, Australia
  8. Perth, Australia
  9. Auckland, New Zealand
  10. Helsinki, Finland
  11. Zurich, Switzerland

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ solutions, EIU digital. "The Global Liveability Index 2018". www.eiu.com. 
  2. ^ "Vienna ranked as most liveable city in the world". BBC News. 14 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Category". Herald Sun. Retrieved 2018-08-18. 
  4. ^ "Vienna tops Melbourne as world's most liveable city: Economist survey". Reuters. 13 August 2018. 
  5. ^ "Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking". AFP. 14 August 2018. 
  6. ^ "Vancouver Drops In Economist Rank Of Liveable Cities Due To Highway Closure On Vancouver Island". Huffington Post. 30 August 2011. 
  7. ^ Greenway, H.D.S. (26 May 2010). "The Best Place to Live?". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "The Worldwide Cost of Living Survey". www.eiu.com. Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  9. ^ "Global Liveability Ranking". www.eiu.com. 
  10. ^ "The world's most liveable cities in 2018". www.msn.com. 
  11. ^ "The Global Liveability Report 2017". The Economist Intelligence Unit. Retrieved 2018-08-15. 
  12. ^ "Global liveability has improved for the first time in a decade". 
  13. ^ solutions, EIU digital. "Global Liveability Ranking 2016". www.eiu.com. 
  14. ^ Choudhury, Saheli Roy (17 August 2016). "These are the most livable cities in the world". 
  15. ^ economist.com The world's most 'liveable' cities Aug 18th 2015

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