On a long enough timeline, when talking to a Melburnian the probability of them bringing up how good it is to live in Melbourne approaches 1. It’s the Godwin’s Law of Australian city dwelling.
But the thing about that is that Melburnians have ample evidence to back up their claims.
Be it public transport, city planning and topography, food & drink, sports, a cranking music and arts scene, or the famed laneway culture, the amount of boxes Melbourne ticks for residents is hard to ignore.
And it’s not knowledge confined to those who live within a Myki tap of the Yarra either. The world is profoundly aware of Melbourne’s inherent liveability – so much so that it’s yet again been rated as the World’s Best.
Though these lists are seemingly released once a month by various publications, the Economist Intelligence Unit‘s Global Liveability Ranking is one of the more thorough and respected, and on that list Melbourne has been crowned the World’s Most Liveable City for the fifth consecutive year.
The city scored a hefty 97.5 out of 100 on the study’s liveability index rating, which assesses a city’s civil stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education, and infrastructure. Though the score remained unchanged from that of 12 months ago.
But it was enough to take out the top spot yet again, beating out Vienna by just .1 of a point, with the Austrian hotspot coming in second on 97.4.
Australian cities featured prominently in the high rankings, with Adelaide again featuring in the top 5 for the second year running, pulling in an impressive index score of 96.6.
Meanwhile Sydney ranked seventh on the list, with Perth also featuring in the top ten at number eight. Brisbane lags behind somewhat, ranking eighteenth on the list.
The top ten is dominated by Australian and Canadian cities, owing to our countries’ relatively low population densities and civil stability. Seven of the top ten cities are from the pair, including Canadian cities Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto.
The top – and bottom – five are as follows.
TOP FIVE MOST LIVEABLE CITIES 2015
1. Melbourne – 97.5
2. Vienna – 97.4
3. Vancouver – 97.3
4. Toronto – 97.2
5 (tied). Adelaide – 96.6
5 (tied). Calgary – 96.6
BOTTOM FIVE LEAST LIVEABLE CITIES 2015
136. Tripoli – 40.0
137. Lagos – 39.7
138. Port Moresby – 38.9
139. Dhaka – 38.7
140. Damascus – 29.3
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via Herald Sun.