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The world's most liveable cities is an informal name given to any list of cities as they rank on an annual survey of living conditions. Regions with cities commonly ranked in the top 50 include Australia, New Zealand, North America, Northern Europe, and Western Europe.[1] Three examples of such surveys are Monocle's "Most Liveable Cities Index", the Economist Intelligence Unit's "Global Liveability Ranking", and "Mercer Quality of Living Survey". Numbeo has the largest statistics and survey data based on cities and countries.[2] Liveability rankings may be used by employers assigning hardship allowances as part of job relocation.

The EIU's Global Liveability Ranking[edit]

Melbourne has been ranked by the Economist Intelligence Unit as the world's most liveable city since 2011

The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) publishes an annual Global Liveability Ranking, which ranks 140 cities for their urban quality of life based on assessments of their stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.[3]

Melbourne, Australia, has been ranked by the EIU as the world's most liveable city for seven years in a row, from 2011 to 2017.[4] Between 2004 and 2010, Vancouver, Canada, was ranked the EIU's most liveable city, with Melbourne sharing first place in the inaugural 2002 report. Vancouver has ranked third since 2015, while Vienna, Austria, has ranked second.

The Syrian capital, Damascus, was ranked the least liveable city of the 140 assessed in 2016.[5]

The EIU also publishes a Worldwide Cost of Living Survey that compares the cost of living in a range of global cities.[6]

Mercer's Quality of Living Ranking[edit]

Vienna has been top ranked by the Mercer Quality of Living Survey since 2009

American global human resources and related financial services consulting firm Mercer annually releases its Mercer Quality of Living Survey, comparing 221 cities based on 39 criteria. New York City is given a baseline score of 100 and other cities are rated in comparison. Important criteria are safety, education, hygiene, health care, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability, public transport and access to goods and services. The list is intended to help multinational companies decide where to open offices or plants, and how much to pay employees. For nine consecutive years (2009–2017), Mercer ranked Austria's capital Vienna first in its annual "Quality of Living" survey, a title the city still held in 2016.[7][8][9][10][11]

Monocle's Quality of Life Survey[edit]

Tokyo was ranked highest by Monocle in 2015

Since 2006, the lifestyle magazine Monocle has published an annual list of liveable cities. The list in 2008 was named "The Most Liveable Cities Index" and presented 25 top locations for quality of life.

Important criteria in this survey are safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transport, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro-active policy developments and medical care.

The 2015 Monocle Survey determined the world's most liveable city was Tokyo (a total of three Japanese cities were on the list); followed by Vienna and Berlin (a total of three German cities were on the list). The two most populous Australian cities, Melbourne and Sydney, completed the top 5, while no cities in South America, South Asia, or Africa made the list.[12][13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2015 quality of living survey". Mercer. 4 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Numbeo official website
  3. ^ "Global Liveability Ranking 2016". Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Stephanie Chalkley-Rhoden (16 August 2017). "World's most liveable city: Melbourne takes top spot for seventh year running". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Economist Intelligence Unit (2016). A summary of the liveability ranking and overview. 
  6. ^ "The Worldwide Cost of Living Survey". Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  7. ^ Monocle. "Quality of Live Survey 2015". Monocle. Retrieved 24 June 2015. Monocle's 2012 "Quality of Life Survey" ranked Vienna fourth on a list of the top 25 cities in the world "to make a base within" (up from sixth in 2011 and eighth in 2010).
  8. ^ "Quality of Life Survey 2012". Monocle. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Monocle's top 25 cities for 2011, on". Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Monocle's 2011 "Quality of LIfe" summary". Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "08 Vienna". 15 June 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  12. ^ These Are the World's Most Livable Cities for 2015 Published: 6 December 2015
  13. ^ Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey Is an Alternative Top Destinations for 2015 Published: 2015/06/12


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