Vienna Snatches Melbourne's Crown as World's Most Liveable City

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Vienna has ended Melbourne’s seven-year reign as the world’s most liveable city, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The Austrian capital scored a near perfect score of 99.1 out of 100 in the index, whose criteria include stability, healthcare and the environment. Cities in Australia and Canada took six of the top 10 spots, with the U.S. again missing out.

Big financial centers such as London (48th) and New York (57th) suffer from their own success, according to the EIU, with overstretched public transport, higher levels of crime and congestion denting their appeal. Hong Kong (35th) just edged out its local rival Singapore (37th) on the index after improving on stability scores.

The World's most (and Least) Liveable Cities

The Best                                                               The Worst


1. Vienna, Austria.                                                  131. Dakar, Senegal

2. Melbourne, Australia                                         132. Algiers, Algeria

3. Osaka, Japan                                                     133. Douala, Cameroon

4. Calgary, Canada                                                134. Tripoli, Libya

5. Sydney, Australia                                               135. Harare, Zimbabwe

6. Vancouver, Canada                                            136. Port Moresby, PNG

7. Toronto, Canada                                                 137. Karachi, Pakistan

7. Tokyo, Japan                                                      138. Lagos, Nigeria

9. Copenhagen, Denmark                                     139. Dhaka, Bangladesh

10. Adelaide, Australia.                                          140. Damascus, Syria

 

Elsewhere in Asia, Osaka (3rd) and Tokyo (7th equal) both climbed the rankings to their highest position in more than a decade on consistent declines in crime rates and improvements in public transport.
Most of the best-performing spots are mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with relatively low population density.

Honolulu is the topped ranked U.S. city in 23rd place, followed by Pittsburgh in 32nd.

At the bottom end of the table of 140 cities, the lowest-scoring is war-torn Damascus. Those suffering from inadequate infrastructure such as Harare, or in the case of Dhaka, severe pollution, also fare badly.