Melbourne, Australia is the “most livable city in the world” for the fifth straight year.
According to EIU, the annual report ranked 140 cities on more than 30 factors including the prevalence of petty crime, the quality of healthcare and local food and drink. Melbourne topped the list with a score of 97.5 out of 100 on the Intelligence Unit’s scale.
Other top cities included Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto. “Most Livable Cities” tend to be mid-sized metros in wealthier countries with low population densities, the Intelligence Unit explains, because such cities are usually able to support recreational activities without incurring much crime or many infrastructure issues.
The index brings together five different elements to decide how livable each place is. Here’s how they’re weighted.
The ranking, which considers 30 factors related to things like safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment in 140 cities, shows that since 2010 average liveability across the world has fallen by 1%, led by a 2.2% fall in the score for stability and safety.
Top five most livable:
1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, British Columbia
5. Adelaide, Australia
5. Calgary, Alberta
Least five livable:
136. Tripoli, Libya
137. Lagos, Nigeria
138. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
139. Dhaka, Bangladesh
140. Damascus, Syria