World's most liveable cities

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The world's most liveable cities is an informal name given to any list of cities as they rank on an annual survey of living conditions. Regions with cities commonly ranked in the top 50 include Australia, New Zealand, North America, Northern Europe, and Western Europe.[1] Three examples of such surveys are Monocle's "Most Liveable Cities Index", the Economist Intelligence Unit's "Global Liveability Ranking", and "Mercer Quality of Living Survey". Numbeo has the largest statistics and survey data based on cities and countries.[2] Liveability rankings may be used by employers assigning hardship allowances as part of job relocation.

Monocle's Quality of Life Survey[edit]

Tokyo was ranked highest by Monocle in 2015

Since 2006, the lifestyle magazine Monocle has published an annual list of liveable cities. The list in 2008 was named "The Most Liveable Cities Index" and presented 25 top locations for quality of life.

Important criteria in this survey are safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transport, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro-active policy developments and medical care.

The 2015 Monocle Survey determined the world's most liveable city was Tokyo (a total of three Japanese cities were on the list); followed by Vienna and Berlin (a total of three German cities were on the list). The two most populous Australian cities were in the top 5, while no cities in South America, South Asia, or Africa made the list.[3][4]

The EIU's Global Liveability Ranking[edit]

Melbourne has been ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the world's most liveable city since 2011

The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) publishes an annual Global Liveability Ranking, which ranks 140 cities for their urban quality of life based on assessments of their stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.[5] 

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. Vancouver was ranked third in 2015 and 2016, while Vienna, Austria, was ranked second in those years.

The Syrian capital, Damascus, was ranked the least liveable city of the 140 assessed in 2016.[6]

The EIU also publishes a Worldwide Cost of Living Survey that compares the cost of living in a range of global cities.[7]

Mercer's Quality of Living Ranking[edit]

Vienna was top ranked in the 2016 Mercer Quality of Living Survey

American global human resources and related financial services consulting firm Mercer annually releases its Mercer Quality of Living Survey, comparing 221 cities based on 39 criteria. New York City is given a baseline score of 100 and other cities are rated in comparison. Important criteria are safety, education, hygiene, health care, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability, public transport and access to goods and services. The list is intended to help multinational companies decide where to open offices or plants, and how much to pay employees.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2015 quality of living survey". Mercer. 4 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Numbeo official website
  3. ^ These Are the World's Most Livable Cities for 2015 Published: 6/12/2015
  4. ^ Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey Is an Alternative Top Destinations for 2015 Published: 2015/06/12
  5. ^ "Global Liveability Ranking 2016". Retrieved 2017-04-12. 
  6. ^ Economist Intelligence Unit (2016). A summary of the liveability ranking and overview. 
  7. ^ "The Worldwide Cost of Living Survey". Retrieved 2017-04-12.