Australia dominates world’s top 10 most liveable cities poll

13 Sep 2013

Four Australian cities – Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth – have ranked in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) poll of the world’s top 10 most liveable cities, and the Victorian capital of Melbourne has taken the top spot for a third straight year.

Melbourne first moved to number one in 2011, edging past Vancouver, Canada. The Economist said then infrastructure improvement had tipped the balance in Melbourne’s favour.

Australian cities dominated the top 10 positions in the EIU liveability survey of 140 cities. Adelaide tied with Canada’s Calgary for fifth place, Sydney ranked seventh and Perth, ninth.

The EIU survey underscores Australia’s attraction to businesses from all over the world, ensuring a steady supply of highly talented workers. Its enviable lifestyle, skilled, multilingual and innovative workforce, as well as its competitive business environment, make Australia one of the most world’s best places to live, work and invest.

Vienna, Austria was second; Vancouver third; Toronto, Canada fourth; Helsinki, Finland eighth; and Auckland, New Zealand, 10th.

The EIU’s annual liveability survey assesses conditions in 140 cities around the world by assigning a rating across five broad categories: stability, culture and environment, healthcare, education and infrastructure.