Melbourne has been named the World’s Most Liveable City for a record-breaking 7th straight year.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Index ranks 140 of the world’s best cities and once again, Melbourne has come out on top – securing perfect scores for healthcare, education and infrastructure.
Melbourne beat Vienna for the top ranking, and finished well above Sydney, which did not even make the top ten.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle praised Melbourne’s achievement in its own right by surpassing Vancouver’s previous record of six successive wins.
“This is a win for all Victorians, who contribute so much to making Melbourne the best place to live in the world,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.
“We’ll continue working hard every day to make Melbourne even better, and create a fairer, safer and stronger state for all Victorians,” he added.
The Andrews government is proud in its accomplishments of “delivering the biggest pipeline of major transport projects in the country, building the Metro Tunnel, removing dangerous level crossings and delivering the vital second river crossing our road network needs”.
According to the Victorian government, Melbourne’s world-class health care system is getting better and better, with new hospitals, more beds and improved facilities to provide the best care, close to home, when it’s needed most.
“Victoria has the best of everything – big events, great schools and more jobs than anywhere in the country,” Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren said.
On education, the government stated that “every day new schools are being built, old classrooms are being upgraded and our kids are getting the best start in life in the Education State”.
Our economy is strong, with more than 100,000 jobs created in Victoria in the last year alone – more than every other state and territory combined.
There’s a buzz about the city that keeps bringing the world’s best to enjoy Melbourne – the biggest exhibitions, the best events, world-renowned restaurants and all night public transport to get you home safe.
“Every Melburnian knows that they’re living in the world’s greatest city – and this proves it yet again,” Erin said.
Most liveable cities 2017
- Melbourne, Australia (97.5)
- Vienna, Austria (97.4)
- Vancouver, Canada (97.3)
- Toronto, Canada (97.2)
- = Calgary, Canada (96.6)
- = Adelaide, Australia (96.6)
- Perth, Australia (95.9)
- Auckland, New Zealand (95.7)
- Helsinki, Finland (95.6)
- Hamburg, Germany (95)
Least liveable cities 2017
- Damascus, Syria (30.2)
- Lagos, Nigeria (36)
- Tripoli, Libya (36.6)
- Dhaka, Bangladesh (38.7)
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (39.6)
- = Algiers, Algeria (40.9)
- = Karachi, Pakistan (40.9)
- Harare, Zimbabwe (42.6)
- Douala, Cameroon (44)
- Kiev, Ukraine (47.8)
(First published in The Australian Migrant Magazine)