Twice a year, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranks the world’s most livable city. Vancouver was crowned the winner in February, but there’s a new champion this time around.
“For the first time in almost a decade of reporting livability, Vancouver is not at the top of our ranking of 140 cities,” the Economist Intelligence Unit announced.
With a score of 97.5 percent, Melbourne, the second most populated city in Australia, beat out the competition.
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Here’s how the scoring for the Global Livability Survey works, according to Economist.com:
“The ranking scores 140 cities from 0-100 on 30 factors spread across five areas: stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. These numbers are then weighted and combined to produce an overall figure.”
So what’s the draw of living Down Under?
“Australia, with a low population density and relatively low crime rates, continues to supply some of the world’s most livable cities,” said survey editor Jon Copestake.
Noticeably absent from the Top 10 list are U.S. cities. Pittsburgh ranked 29th tops American cities on the list, just ahead of Honolulu at 30th. Los Angeles climbed to 44th and New York which clung to 56th place, but not one U.S. city cracked the top 10 or even the top 25.
The 10 most livable cities on the planet are:
1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
6. Sydney, Australia
7. Helsinki, Finland
8. Perth, Australia
9. Adelaide, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand