Auckland drops out of world's liveable cities Top 10

15 August, 2018, 20:15 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Sydney rises in the Economist's global liveability rankings

"Not only has Vienna displaced Melbourne to become the most liveable city, but a total of 77 cities have seen a change in their liveability ratings".

Vienna, with a score of 99.1, and Melbourne (98.4) were followed by Osaka in Japan (97.7); the Canadian city of Calgary (97.5); Sydney, Australia (97.4); and Vancouver, Canada (97.3).

And no New Zealand cities make the cut for the top-10 with Auckland dropping down the Economist's 2018 Global Liveability Index.

This is Copenhagen in Denmark, in 9th place, after its score increased by 3.3 percentage points since the last survey cycle.

"The great thing for Melbourne is that we're always looking at ways to improve", Capp said of her city's No. 2 spot.

Damascus in Syria, Port Moresby in PNG and Dhaka in Bangladesh are among the world's 10 least liveable cities.

Lagos ranked 138 out of the 140 cities considered for the ranking.

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The Economist said the lowest-scoring cities are connected to conflict and unavailability of adequate infrastructure.

Osaka stands out especially, having climbed six positions, to third place, over the past six months, closing the gap with Melbourne. It's the first time a European city has topped the rankings of the EIU annual survey.

Other Australian cities also featured highly in the index, with Sydney and Adelaide on the list at number 5 and 10, respectively.

Taipei edged past the South Korean capital Seoul, which dropped one spot to 59th from previous year, according to the report released Monday.

Most European and American cities fared poorly, amid concerns about crime and terrorism in a top ten dominated by Australia, Canada and Japan.

It is now 13 places ahead of London, the biggest gap between the two cities since the survey began two decades ago, while NY comes in at 57th.

"New York (57th), London (48th) and Paris (19th) are all prestigious hubs with a wealth of recreational activities, but all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems than are deemed comfortable".

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