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PPG_Blog_Sept_image 2_worlds most liveable cityIt’s official…again! The experts have declared what we all know to be true – Melbourne is the world’s most livable city.

Knocking Vancouver of its perch, the Economists Intelligence Unit’s latest livability survey places Melbourne in the number one position. It’s the first time in almost a decade of the global livability survey that Vancouver hasn’t ranked as the best place to live in the world. Melbourne shared first position with Vancouver in 2002 but finally snitched the top spot in its own right in the August 2011 survey.

The livability survey ranks a total of 140 locations as having the best or the worst living conditions, with each city scored on political and social stability, crime rates, access to quality health care, cultural events, the environment, education and the standard of infrastructure.

Melbourne scored 97.5%, ahead of Vienna on 97.4% and Vancouver on 97.3%. Sydney made it to sixth position in the latest ranking, up from seventh in the February survey, while Perth and Adelaide again shared eighth place. Low population density and crime rates make Australian cities attractive places to live despite the rising cost of living driven by the strong Australian dollar. The debt crisis in euro zone countries led to a slight fall in some European cities’ liveability rankings. Last place in the August survey however, went to Harare in Zimbabwe, which scored a depressing 38.2%.

Of course Melbournians don’t need an Intelligence Unit’s survey to tell them that they are living in the best city in the world!

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