Vienna is the most liveable city in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2018 rankings. City came out on top as the world’s most liveable city, as judged on stability, healthcare, culture, education and infrastructure. The Austrian capital ranked second in last year’s survey.
The Austrian capital topped the list for the first time, replacing Melbourne, Australia, which has been number one for the last seven years.
The annual report ranks 140 cities around the world based on their stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
Australia and Canada did the best overall, with three cities apiece in the top 10.
The top 10 most liveable cities don’t include some of the world’s biggest metropolises – but this is for good reason, according to the report:
“New York (57th), London (48th) and Paris (19th) are all prestigious hubs with a wealth of recreational activities, but all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems than are deemed comfortable.”
The cities that tend to score best are those that are mid-sized and based in wealthier countries. Several cities in the top 10 also have a relatively low population density, resulting in lower crime rates and a less overburdened infrastructure.
The most liveable cities
1. Vienna, Austria
2. Melbourne, Australia
3. Osaka, Japan
4. Calgary, Canada
5. Sydney, Australia
6. Vancouver, Canada
7. Toronto, Canada
8. Tokyo, Japan
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
10. Adelaide, Australia