Melbourne Named The World's Most Liveable City Once Again

25 Aug 2015

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For the fifth straight year, Australia's 'second city' has been crowned the world's most liveable city in a survey published by The Economist.

Australia is home to several of the most liveable cities in the world, with Melbourne taking the top spot for the fifth year in a row and Adelaide coming in fifth again on the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) liveability survey of 140 cities. Furthermore, Sydney, though still suffering from the aftermath of the 2014 terror attack in Martin Place, ranked seventh. Perth, capital of Western Australia, followed in eighth, while Brisbane, representing the surfers' paradise otherwise known as the Gold Coast, came in 18th.

Canada, the other paradise

Although it dominated the rankings, Australia did leave some room for others to shine, and shine Canada did. The survey revealed that Vancouver is the third most liveable city in the world, just ahead of Toronto, with Calgary scoring the same as Adelaide for a joint fifth position.

Europe is represented in second position by Vienna, Austria.

To determine the rankings for each city, the survey assigned a rating of 'relative comfort' for 30 factors across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Each factor in a city was then rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable, to reach a score out of 100.

Melbourne this year scored 97.5 out of 100, including full marks for infrastructure.

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