In the recent times there have been a number of surveys to decide which city is the most livable city of the world based on a number of factors related to the living conditions. These rankings have been a hot topic in media and among masses and have even gained the interest of the White House.
The most recent surveys indicate that cities in Australia, Austria, New Zealand, Canada and Finland top the list. This is primarily due to the fact that these cities offer better services to its citizens, such as good medical and educational facilities, strong infrastructure, safety and security, public transport service, availability of recreational and entertainment facilities to the citizens, hygiene conditions, cleanliness, etc. It is to be noted that all the criteria are directly related with the well being of the citizens of that city.
Melbourne, Australia has topped the list of the most livable cities, followed closely by Vienna, Austria. Third place has been occupied by the city of Vancouver, Canada. It has to be noted that Vancouver has been at the number one spot in the recent past but declined in the list mainly due to the rise in the city traffic and the resulting congestion. Toronto, the biggest city of Canada was placed at the fourth position in the list, while Calgary, Canada tied the fifth spot with the capital of South Australian state, Adelaide. Sydney was also found closing in to Adelaide, with being placed at number seven. Helsinki, the capital of Scandinavian country Finland was placed at number eight, while Perth, another Australian city was at the ninth spot and the list was concluded by Auckland, New Zealand.
As suggested by the survey, Australia has been the center of human welfare in the present, with very bright future chances. The list is dominated by a number of Australian cities. These cities are growing in demand based on their better facilities for their citizens.
All these cities were rated out of 100 and the rating was based on various aspects related to the living conditions, as discussed earlier. The individual ratings of these cities, as indicated by the Economist Intelligence Unit, are as below.
- Melbourne, Australia, 97.5
- Vienna, Austria, 97.4
- Vancouver, Canada, 97.3
- Toronto, Canada, 97.2
- Calgary, Canada, 96.6
- Adelaide, Australia, 96.6
- Sydney, Australia, 96.1
- Helsinki, Finland, 96.0
- Perth, Australia, 95.9
- Auckland, New Zealand, 95.7