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article imageEconomist magazine releases list of world's 'Most Livable Cities'

By Marcus Hondro     Aug 29, 2013 in World
The business and political weekly magazine 'The Economist' has released its 2013 list of the world's 'Most Livable Cities.' Compiled by the mag's 'Intelligence Unit' the list is striking in that there are no U.S. cities and most are Canadian and Aussie.
Using criteria based on an examination of each city's culture and environment, education, healthcare, infrastructure and stability, here are in order the top 10 most liveable cities, according to the magazine: 1) Melbourne; 2) Vienna; 3) Vancouver; 4) Toronto; 5) Calgary; 6) Adelaide; 7) Sydney; 8) Helsinki; 9) Perth and 10) Auckland.
That leaves no African, Asian or South American cities and 2 cities from Europe, 3 from Canada, 4 from Australia and Auckland in New Zealand.
Stability and Healthcare big part of livability
The survey and listing of livability looked at 140 of the world's cities. Political stability and absence of civil war is a major factor each year in a city's livability score. For example, Damascus in Syria is at the very bottom this year due to the violence in that country while Bogota, Columbia's points ranking has improved by almost 8 percent in the past 5 years because violence from the drug trade and guerrilla fighting has been all-but ended.
Vancouver, which along with Toronto was awarded perfect 100 scores in the healthcare and stability categories, was formerly in the number one spot but has dropped since 2011 when Melbourne overtook it.
Half of the bottom ten cities come from Africa: Douala, Cameroon; Tripoli, Libya; Algiers, Algeria; Harare, Zimbabwe and Lagos, Nigeria.
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