Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Melbourne, Australia, named world's most liveable city again
These rankings do tell something about the quality of life in the cities concerned but the differences are highly subjective. Another ranking put Tokyo first! Most of the raters in the present case would have been from England's Home Counties. So it is amusing to note how similar to the Home Counties the highly rated cities are. 4 out of the top 5 were even English-speaking! The same 4 were also in monarchies with the Queen as Head of State. Mustn't laugh! Definitely congenial places for English people. But hey! I like Melbourne too
Melbourne has been named the world's most liveable city for the fifth year in a row, achieving a near perfect score on the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) liveability survey of 140 cities.
The survey rated cities out of 100 in the areas of health care, education, stability, culture and environment and infrastructure. Melbourne again achieved a score of 97.5, just two-and-a-half points shy of perfection. The five most liveable cities:
Adelaide was ranked in fifth place again with an overall rating of 96.6.
"Those that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density," the EIU report said.
"These can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure."
Seven of the top 10 scoring cities were in Australia and Canada.
Melbourne is Australia's fastest-growing capital and the only city in the world to have won the title five consecutive times. International visits have increased by 8 per cent in that time.
While celebrating the ranking, the Victorian Government said it would "never be complacent", investing $20 billion in transport infrastructure and $5.4 billion in health and education to create a stronger economy.
"Melbourne has the best of everything and this title proves it," Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said. "Perfect scores in health care, education and infrastructure, culture, environment and sport are all proof there's no place like Victoria."
Melbourne Mayor Robert Doyle said he was "very proud" of the accolade. "It is particularly pleasing in a year when the Economist Intelligence Unit notes that many cities lost ground," he said. "We must be doing something right in our cities in this part of the world."
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).