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Melbourne still world’s most liveable city: survey

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released its rankings on the livability of global cities for 2015. 

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.

EIU ranking

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

4. Toronto

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

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