TRAFFIC jams aside, Melbourne is now the second most liveable city in the world according to one study. Canada’s Vancouver topped the Global Liveability Survey list – compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit – with Vienna third.
Australian cities received perfect scores for education and healthcare and Melbourne was the cream of the crop, despite a black mark for traffic problems. Another recent study found Melbourne’s morning drive to work was more of a nightmare than the one faced by Los Angeles and New York commuters.
But Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said he was thrilled with Melbourne’s move up the rankings in the liveability list. “We welcome the news that Melbourne has taken the number two spot,” Mr Doyle said. “We all love Melbourne for its parks and gardens and fantastic events and it’s great to have it recognised for the wonderful city it is. We have held both the number one and number two spots in previous years. While we will keep aiming for that number one spot, it’s good to be in such esteemed company.”
Sydney came seventh while Adelaide and Perth came equal eighth. Brisbane was ranked 21 in the list of 140 cities. The index takes into account factors including crime rates, cost of living, infrastructure and climate. Australian cities far outranked some of the world’s most popular destinations – London managed a paltry 53rd and New York 56th.
Economist Intelligence Unit editor Jon Copestake said only 2.3 per cent separated the entire top 10 cities, while Brisbane was only 3.3 per cent lower than Melbourne. Melbourne’s rise is thanks to a slight worsening of the score in Vienna, he said. Sydney scored slightly worse than Melbourne on crime.
The worst cities in the world to live were Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, at number 138; Dhaka in Bangladesh at number 139 and Harare in Zimbabwe at number 140.