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November 20, 2017

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The world's most liveable cities

Six of the top 10-scoring cities are in Australia and Canada

It’s probably not surprising that Melbourne has been recognized as the most liveable city in the world; it’s an honour the city has held for six consecutive years in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking. A pleasant surprise might be that Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary have all made the top five this year. The index, measured out of 100, considers 30 factors related to safety, health care, educational resources, infrastructure and the environment ¬— that is, quality of living, not cost of living — to calculate scores for 140 cities¬¬. Terrorist attacks and civil unrest have caused nearly a fifth of the cities surveyed to drop in position — Sydney, Brussels, Paris, Chicago, Atlanta among them. Damascus, the capital of Syria, is understandably the lowest-ranked with a rating of 30.2 out of 100.

The 10 most liveable cities:

  1. Melbourne, Australia (97.5 out of 100)
    2. Vienna, Austria (97.4)
    3. Vancouver, BC (97.3)
    4. Toronto, ON (97.2)
    5. Calgary, AB (96.6)
    6. Adelaide, Australia (96.6)
    7. Perth, Australia (95.9)
    8. Auckland, New Zealand (95.7)
    9. Helsinki, Finland (95.6)
    10. Hamburg, Germany (95)

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