Sorry Melbourne, You've Lost The Title Of World's Most Liveable City

Frederick Owens
August 14, 2018

"A long-running contender to the title, Vienna has succeeded in displacing Melbourne from the top spot due to increases in the Austrian capital's stability category ratings", it said, referring to one of the index's five headline components.

This is the first time a European city has topped the ranking, which was introduced in 2004.

This year, the city scored 97.5 out of 100.

The ranking, which was done by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) considered factors such as healthcare, education, infrastructure, among others.

This year, Vienna gained an overall livability rating of 99.1, edging out Melbourne which came in second with a score of 98.4. The city was also ranked ahead of London in last year's survey.

Vienna overtook Melbourne as the top-ranked city in the world for liveability, scoring a near flawless score of 99.1 per cent.

The rest of the top 10 was made up of Vancouver in Canada, Toronto in Canada, Tokyo in Japan, Copenhagen in Denmark and Adelaide in Australia. Japan's Osaka took third place.

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The others in the most liveable cities in 2018 are 2.

Hamburg and Helsinki, who held tenth and ninth place previous year, have dropped out of the top ten.

Singapore's score improved in the public healthcare category, where the city-state achieved the highest possible score, the report said. Two European cities, Helsinki, Finland and Hamburg, Germany fell out of the top-10 ranks from past year.

Unfortunately, no United Kingdom city made it into the top ten.

Unsurprisingly Syria's war-torn capital Damascus continues to languish at the bottom of the list, with an overall score of 30.7.

According to the report: "Upwards movement in the top-ranked cities is a reflection of improvements seen in stability and safety across most regions in the past year".

Pakistan's Karachi was ranked just above Lagos, again most-likely due to security concerns, while Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby was ranked 136 due to its high level of crime.

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