Planning a big move? Before you settle on an area code, you may want to take a look at a new report that ranks the most livable cities in the world—because let’s face it; no one wants to live in a place where the nearest coffee shop is 30 minutes away by car.
Compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Global Livability Report is released annually. It looks at 140 cities worldwide, in order to determine which have the most citizen-friendly living conditions. Each city is judged across five broad categories—stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure—and given a score between 1 and 100. The top 10 cities all scored in the 90s, while the bottom 10 ranked as low as 30.2.
So, which are the most livable cities in the world? Melbourne, Australia, tops the list, closely followed by Vienna, Austria. The full list of the best cities is as follows:
Melbourne, Australia: 97.5
Vienna, Austria: 97.4
Vancouver, Canada: 97.3
Toronto, Canada: 97.2
Calgary, Canada: 96.6
Adelaide, Australia: 96.6
Perth, Australia: 95.9
Auckland, New Zealand: 95.7
Helsinki, Finland: 95.6
Hamburg, Germany: 95
It’s worth noting that three Australian and three Canadian cities make the top 10, giving us another reason (besides beautiful beaches and Tim Hortons) to want to move to either country. Also of note? No US city made the top 10 list this year.
Melbourne actually tops the list for the seventh consecutive year, which—according to House Beautiful—is due to a number of factors. For one, the city’s thriving food and coffee scene alone makes it a must-visit, should you ever visit Australia. Easy access to public transit, sprawling parks and gardens (like the free Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne), and great museums all probably play a role as well.
According to the report, an increase in global instability—such as recent terror threats, diplomatic tensions, and even civil war—has contributed to the change in scores of some cities. The bottom 10 cities reflect this, with Damascus in Syria ranking at the lowest spot.
The rest of the lowest-scoring cities are as follows:
Kiev, Ukraine: 47.8
Douala, Cameroon: 44
Harare, Zimbabwe: 42.6
Karachi, Pakistan: 40.9
Algiers, Algeria: 40.9
Port Moresby, PNG: 39.6
Dhaka, Bangladesh: 38.7
Tripoli, Libya: 36.6
Lagos, Nigeria: 36
Damascus, Syria: 30.2
Want to read the full report yourself and learn more about the ranking process? You can download it here.
Source: House Beautiful
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