Melbourne is out: this is the new best city in the world to live in

Jul 15, 2021
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Thinking of relocating? Been pondering a move to Melbourne thanks to its seven-year reign as The Economist’s most liveable city in the world?

Think again mate, because the Australian city has been knocked off the top spot by the Austrian capital of Vienna.


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The Economist’s Global Liveability Index judges 140 major cities around the world on a whole range of criteria, from stability and healthcare, education, culture and infrastructure - so it’s more than a little bit interesting when those rankings are released each year.

Australia may be upset to lose that top spot, but they’re still doing well as a country - with Melbourne sitting pretty at number 2, Sydney at number 5, and Adelaide at number 10.


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Canada also has three cities in the top 10 - Calgary at 4, Vancouver at 6, and Toronto at 7. Not bad, eh?

Japan, meanwhile, took third and seventh place with Osaka and Tokyo respectively, while Copenhagen completes the list at number 9.

And as for the UK? Manchester made it as the highest ranked UK city at number 35, with London trailing behind in 48th place.