Vienna takes Melbourne’s ‘most liveable’ crown
After seven years’ worth of bragging rights, Melbourne is no longer the ‘world’s most liveable city’.
Austrian capital Vienna took top spot in the Economic Intelligence Unit’s 2018 Global Liveability Index, after nipping at Melbourne’s heels for the past few years. Osaka, Japan ranked third, followed by Calgary, Canada in fourth place.
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However, Melburnians can apply some burn aid: Sydney came in fifth.
Adelaide’s position also fell, from the top five to 10th spot. But in the annual ranking of 140 urban centres – which considers factors such as healthcare, crime rate, infrastructure, education and culture – Australian cities fared well overall.
“Although both Melbourne and Vienna have registered improvements in liveability over the last six months, increases in Vienna’s ratings, particularly in the stability category, have been enough for the city to overtake Melbourne,” the report stated.
“The two cities are now separated by 0.7 of a percentage point, with Vienna scoring a near-ideal 99.1 out of 100 and Melbourne scoring 98.4. Two other Australian cities feature in the top-ranked places: Sydney (5th) and Adelaide (10th), while only one other European city made the top 10.”
Vienna is said to have benefitted from a downgraded threat of attacks in western Europe, as well as a low crime rate.
As the saying goes: the bigger you are, the harder you fall.
So will Melbourne indulge in the beloved Australian tradition of claiming something when it’s good, then disowning when it’s bad (what I’ll call the Mel Gibson principle) or will it cop it on the chin?
Are the turmeric lattes and littered laneways to blame? At least locals can take comfort in the city’s world-class sport, arts and food, natural beauty and vibrant melting pot of culture and let Vienna have this one.
Top 10 most liveable cities for 2018
1. Vienna, Austria
2. Melbourne, Australia
3. Osaka, Japan
4. Calgary, Canada
5. Sydney, Australia
6. Vancouver, Canada
7. Toronto, Canada (tied)
7. Tokyo, Japan (tied)
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
10. Adelaide Australia