The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) awarded Melbourne the honour of being named ‘most liveable city’ world-wide again for 2015, with Adelaide not far behind, coming in 5th spot.
140 cities worldwide were surveyed as part of the annual liveability review with Melbourne receiving an almost-perfect score of 97.5 out of 100 for liveability, ensuring its domination over all other cities and beating out Austria by a mere 0.1 of a point.
"Melbourne has the best of everything and this title proves it. Perfect scores in health care, education and infrastructure, culture, environment and sport are all proof there's no place like Victoria. It is particularly pleasing in a year when the Economist Intelligence Unit notes that many cities lost ground. We must be doing something right in our cities in this part of the world,” said Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews in response to the released rankings.
Adelaide also performed well, scoring 96.6 out of 100.
Leon Bignell, South Australia’s Tourism Minister says Adelaide’s competitive edge has been vastly helped thanks to the quality of its education and health facilities, but notes its natural environment has also played a hand in its higher ranking.
“Our natural environment — being surrounded by beaches, hills, native vegetation and farming land, also makes Adelaide a wonderful place to live and visit,” he observed.
Cities Were Rated Out of 100 in Areas of:
1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Adelaide, Australia
6. Calgary, Canada
7. Sydney, Australia
8. Perth, Australia
And far down in 18th spot sits Brisbane, Australia
Zurich bucked trends and bumped itself up the rankings.
Numerous other European cities however have seen standards drop due to recent turmoil and unrest. The following 3 have slid down the rankings as a consequence:
Kiev, Ukraine is now among the worst 10 cities to live