Melbourne named World’s Most Liveable City… again

  • Aug 16, 2017

Boom! Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city for a record seventh year in a row.

*drops mic*

We are on top of the world! It’s the first time a city has ever racked up that many wins.

A wine at Eureka 89.

A wine at Eureka 89.

The info was released by the Economist Intelligence Unit in their Global Liveability Report 2017.

We scored an overall rating of 97.5 out of 100 on the “liveability index”, keeping Vienna – the capital of Austria – at bay.


Australia had three entries in the top 10, equalling that of Canada.

Adelaide and Perth were our other representatives.

Sydney came in at number 11. LOL.

Nah, but seriously not bad, mates. Keep up the good work.

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station

Check out below for the results:

The ten most liveable cities

  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)
Melbourne's own Starward whisky

Melbourne’s own Starward whisky

A total of 140 cities were surveyed, and in the end, only 0.1 percentage points separated the top two cities, and just 0.2 and 0.3 percentage points separated Canada’s Vancouver and Toronto (ranked third and fourth, respectively), from Melbourne.

In other words, it was a pretty narrow win!

Canada’s Calgary, shared joint fifth place with Adelaide, meaning there was actually no change the top five cities from last year’s list.

The ten least liveable cities

  1. Kiev (Ukraine)
  2. Douala (Cameroon)
  3. Harare (Zimbabwe)
  4. Karachi (Pakistan)
  5. Algiers (Algeria)
  6. Port Moresby (PNG)
  7. Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  8. Tripoli (Libya)
  9. Lagos (Nigeria)
  10. Damascus (Syria)

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