The Economist Intelligence Unit's liveability survey
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.
Melbourne, Australia, has been ranked by the EIU as the world's most liveable city for seven years in a row, from 2011 to 2017. Prior to 2011, Vancouver, Canada, was ranked the EIU's most liveable city from 2002 to 2010. ranked first since 2002. 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 rankings.
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."
The EIU also publishes a Worldwide Cost of Living Survey that compares the cost of living in a range of global cities.
- World's most livable cities
- World Cities Summit
- List of cities by quality of living
- Global city
- "Melbourne edges out Vancouver to top liveable city list". BBC News. 30 August 2011.
- Greenway, H.D.S. (26 May 2010). "The Best Place to Live?". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
- "The Worldwide Cost of Living Survey". www.eiu.com. Retrieved 2017-04-12.
- Economist Intelligence Unit (2016). A summary of the liveability ranking and overview.