Vancouver has topped the list of the world’s most livable cities for the fifth straight year, while Melbourne claimed second place from Vienna in a list dominated by Australian and Canadian cities.
Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide received perfect scores on education and healthcare.
Melbourne is the cream of the Aussie crop, pipping Sydney (no. 7) to second place.
Perth and Adelaide are ranked joint eighth.
Health care and education are among Perth’s strong points in the survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit which compared 140 cities.
The survey is based the findings on five categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
“What the survey does tell people is we are doing a lot of things right and as we continue to create precincts such as the Waterfront and the Northbridge Link, we are hopefully going to remain in a high position for many years,” Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said.
Top scorer Vancouver scores 98 per cent on a combination of stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure – a score unchanged from last year.
“Mid-sized cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to score well by having all the cultural and infrastructural benefits on offer with fewer problems related to crime or congestion,” Jon Copestake, editor of the report, says in a statement.
Pittsburgh is the top US city ranked 29 while Los Angeles has moved up three places to 44th and New York retains its 56th spot.
London has climbed up a place to 53rd while Paris comes in at number 16.
The top Asian city is Osaka at number 12, a joint position with Geneva, Switzerland. Japanese capital of Tokyo, comes in at 18.
Hong Kong is rated 31 but Beijing, capital of the world’s No. 2 economy, struggles in at 72.
Following is the full of list of the top 10 most livable cities:
1. Vancouver, Canada 2. Melbourne, Australia 3. Vienna, Austria 4. Toronto, Canada 5. Calgary, Canada 6. Helsinki, Finland 7. Sydney, Australia 8. Perth, Australia 8. Adelaide, Australia 10. Auckland, New Zealand
The bottom 10 cities were: 1. Harare, Zimbabwe 2. Dhaka , Bangladesh 3. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 4. Lagos, Nigeria 5. Algiers , Algeria 6. Karachi, Pakistan 7. Douala, Cameroon 8. Tehran, Iran 9. Dakar, Senegal 10. Colombo, Sri Lanka