The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2015 Global Liveability Ranking has named Melbourne as the world’s most liveable city. Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto are ranked second, third and fourth, respectively, and Calgary and Adelaide jointly hold fifth place.
The ranking considers 30 factors related to aspects of city living, including safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure and environment. The most liveable places tend to be “mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density”.
Since 2010, average liveability across the world has fallen by 1%, resulting largely from a 2.2% fall in the score for stability and safety. 57 of the 140 cities surveyed have seen declines in liveability over the last five years.
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