Melbourne, Australia has been dubbed the world’s most liveable city for the fifth year in a row, according to the EIU’s (Economist Intelligence Unit) 2015 Global Liveability Ranking which examines the quality of life in cities “that people might want to live in or visit”.
Melbourne achieved a near perfect score out of 100 where 140 cities were rated in the areas of stability, education, health care, culture and environment and infrastructure.
Vienna (Austria), Vancouver (Canada), Toronto (Canada) and Adelaide (Australia) were included in the top five most liveable cities just coming shy from the undeniable Melbourne.
So, what makes the city most liveable?
Melbourne, denoted as the ‘cultural capital of Australia’ and well-known for its amazing baristas that have shrewdly turned the population into coffee snobs, has topped the charts with a score of 97.5 out of 100 on the EIU’s scale.
The EIU report said, “Those that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density.” Even though Australia is named as one of the world’s most expensive countries in the world, out of 2015’s top 10 most liveable cities, seven are located in either Australia or Canada.
“These can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure.”
Despite the city taking over the platform five years straight, the Victorian Government have vowed to “never be complacent,” investing $20 billion in transportation infrastructure and $5.4 billion in health and education, in order to create a stronger economy.
The EIU report noted that acts of terror and civil unease has triggered a decline in stability worldwide. Actions made by the Islamic State have created heightened threats of terrorism in many countries.
Melbourne Mayor Robert Doyle said, “It is particularly pleasing in a year when the Economist Intelligence Unit notes that many cities lost ground.”
“We must be doing something right in our cities in this part of the world.”
With a population boom of a further 2 million residents expected in coming years, Melbourne will need to keep up with expanding their infrastructure and building a stronger economy to keep the title.