The World’s Most Livable City title, and indeed being ranked amongst the Top 10, is highly prized by cities around the world.
There are a number of different rankings each year that hold authority, including Monocle (Tyler Brule’s incarnation following *Wallpaper) and Mercer, but the global affairs magazine, The Economist, is perhaps the most prestigious (and indeed uses data from Mercer).
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s study shows cities in Canada, Australia, Austria, Finland and New Zealand as the livable cities in which to live, based on their widespread availability of goods and services, low personal risk and an effective infrastructure.
The report placed Vancouver, Canada as the most livable city in the world, with Vienna taking second place followed by Melbourne, Australia in third place.
Three other Australian capital cities (Sydney at 7th and Perth and Adelaide at equal 8th) claimed positions in the top ten. Other Canadian cities also ranked highly in the survey.
In addition to Vancouver, the Canadian cities Toronto and Calgary were also placed within the top 10. In the 2010 results, the Swiss cities Zurich and Geneva slipped out of the top 10, replaced by Adelaide in Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. Pittsburgh is the highest rated US city.
The survey said “In the current global political climate, it is no surprise that the most desirable destinations are those with a lower perceived threat of terrorism.”
Incidentally, Harare, Zimbabwe was rated the worst city in the world to call home. African and South Asian cities were generally the worst performing in the EIU’s rankings.