Aug 14, 2018 (LBO) – For the first time in the survey history of Economist Intelligence Unit, Austria’s capital, Vienna, has been ranked as the most liveable city out of 140 cities in the world.
A long-running contender to the title, Vienna has succeeded in displacing Melbourne from the top spot, ending a record seven consecutive years at the head of the survey for the Australian city.
Although both Melbourne and Vienna have registered improvements in liveability over the last six months, increases in Vienna’s ratings, particularly in the stability category, have been enough for the city to overtake Melbourne.
The two cities are now separated by 0.7 of a percentage point, with Vienna scoring a near-ideal 99.1 out of 100 and Melbourne scoring 98.4.
Two other Australian cities feature in the top-ranked places: Sydney (5th) and Adelaide (10th), while only one other European city made the top ten.
This is Copenhagen in Denmark, in 9th place, after its score increased by 3.3 percentage points since the last survey cycle.
The rest of the top-ranked cities are split between Japan (Osaka in 3rd place and Tokyo in joint 7th, alongside Toronto) and Canada (Calgary in 4th, and Vancouver and Toronto in 6th and 7th respectively).
Osaka stands out especially, having climbed six positions, to third place, over the past six months, closing the gap with Melbourne.
“Although the cities ranked among the most liveable in the world remain largely unchanged, there has been pronounced movement within the top tier of liveability,” the report said.
“Of the 140 surveyed cities, 49 percent registered negative changes in their overall liveability rank in the past six months and 34 percent experienced positive movements.”
Below is a ranking of the top and bottom cities surveyed, accompanied by the liveability rating for every city.