Four Australian cities are in the top ten most livable cities in the world, according to the latest survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Perth, Sydney and Adelaide all claimed a top ten spot with Melbourne being crowned the most delightful place on the planet to live, at number 1.
The study, published in the Business Insider, based its findings on the results of a livability study done on world cities. It came up with a list of international cities based on their ability to “provide the best or worst living conditions,” states the study.
The study concluded that the cities that ranked best were all mid-sized cities in wealthier countries. The report found that these cities typically had lower population densities which had a direct effect on crime levels and the efficiency of the infrastructure.
According to the report, these cities, “can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure.”
Canada and Australia seemed to be the best places to live with three or more cities from each country taking up slots in the top ten.
Our Antipodean neighbour also did well, with as Auckland in New Zealand coming in at number 10 on the list of 64 countries. The major contributor to New Zealand’s success is their educational system which scored full marks. An exceptionally healthy score of 95.8% for Auckland’s healthcare system also contributed to the livability of the city.
Perth at number 9
The capital of Western Australia, Perth came in just ahead of Auckland and proudly scored perfect marks on three aspects included in the livability study. Perth’s educational system, healthcare system and infrastructure all scored 100%.
Perth also has a strong economy and loads of job opportunities as it is home to a large oil refinery, a steel-rolling mill, alumina refinery, a desalination plant and a nickel refinery as well as being the regional hub for much of Australia’s ongoing mining boom.
Sydney at number 7
Sydney is the capital of the state of New South Wales and is also Australia’s largest city. The ‘Harbour City’ is Australia’s information and communications technology hub. While many people living in the metropolis work in information and communication technology, 42% of the city’s citizens find work in the finance and insurance related service fields.
Sydney also scored an A+ for both infrastructure and education with both of these sectors achieving a 100% rating in the survey.
Adelaide at number 5
Adelaide is home to major healthcare and social assistance organisations. Residents of Adelaide also work in the scientific and technical service fields as well as the accommodation and food services industries which provide an income for the largest number of employees in the city.
Melbourne at number 1
Melbourne’s economy is kept healthy by employing many residents in the healthcare and social assistance fields, manufacturing and retail sectors.
The world’s top 10 most livable cities list*
1: Melbourne, Australia
2: Vienna, Austria
3: Vancouver, Canada
4: Toronto, Canada
5: Adelaide, Australia
6: Calgary, Canada
7: Sydney, Australia
8: Helsinki, Finland
9: Perth Australia
10: Auckland, New Zealand
*According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (2014)