The annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit
, has found Melbourne, Australia the most livable city in the world with a 97.5% score, losing points for climate, culture and petty crime. Adelaide has moved up to sixth place while Sydney has dropped down to seventh, and Perth finished in 9th place. In a news release, EIU survey editor Jon Copestake says “Australian cities continue to thrive in terms of livability: Not only do they benefit from the natural advantages of low population density, but they have continued to improve with some high profile infrastructure investments."
140 cities are ranked according to a number of factors; political and social stability, crime rates, access to health care as well as diversity, cultural events, education and infrastructure.
Vienna, Austria came in at second place, and last year's top city, Vancouver, Canada fell to third place followed by Toronto in fourth and Calgary in fifth. The National Post
says Vancouver lost marks because of its rate for petty crime, the lack of available housing and congested roads.
says London, the home of the 2012 Olympics, dropped down to 51st position because of riots there this past summer.
reports that US cities didn't fare so well. But it's not surprising that Honolulu, Hawaii is the most livable city in America, coming in at 26th with Pittsburgh not far behind in 30th place.
The Wall Street Journal
quotes Copestake saying, “Asia is very much a two-tiered region.” While Hong Kong finished a respectable 31st and Singapore 52nd, cities like Colombo, Sri Lanka ranked 133rd, Karachi, Pakistan finished in 135th and Dhaka, Bangladesh held down the very bottom of the list in 140th place.