Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

It's Official, Sydney Is More Liveable Than Ever

Sorry Melbourne, You've Lost The Title Of World's Most Liveable City Auckland drops out of world's liveable cities Top 10
| 14 August, 2018, 22:27

The rankings by The Economist's intelligence unit, are based on 30 factors in five groups: stability, infrastructure, education, health care and environment.

However, fellow Asian cities Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu, Colombo and Dhaka didn't fare as well, with all four listed among the nine cities whose livability ranking has declined in the past year.

Singapore is ranked as the 37th most liveable city in the world as Hong Kong overtook the Republic in the 2018 Global Liveability Survey. Almost half the cities in the survey saw their ratings improve over the previous year.

Melbourne in Australia has topped the rankings for the past seven years and has finally been pushed off pole position - but only to second place.

In news that may shock some Aussies, the South Australian city of Adelaide also cracked the world top 10 by nabbing the 10th spot, placing it ahead of some of the country's other bustling cities and top tourist attractions.

Vienna, Austria has toppled Melbourne, Australia as the world's most liveable city.

Melbourne had previously come top for seven years running
Survey: Vienna Tops Melbourne as World's Most Liveable City

Ukraine's Kiev, the capital of a European country wracked by political violence, civil war and the loss of Crimea to Russian Federation, saw the largest drop in its liveability over the last five years (-12.6 per cent).

This year, a downgraded threat of militant attacks in western Europe as well as the city's low crime rate helped nudge Vienna into first place.

The only New Zealand city to have been in The Economist's Top 10, Auckland has fallen from 8th to 12th, as Osaka, Tokyo, Sydney and Copenhagen move up.

On a larger scale, global livability has improved for the second year in a row, increasing from 74.8% last year to 75.7% in 2018.

"We know that there are things that make it harder for Victorians to hold that significant role, we know that across the state there are issues with gang violence, we know that crime is up in this state, we know that all of those matters compared to other cities offer us a challenge", Liberal MP David Davis said.


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