Melbourne is making history as it rings in its seventh year at the top of the World’s Most Liveable City list.
Melbs snagged the coveted title in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Global Liveability Index, but it wasn’t alone in that top 10, with two other Aussie cities getting a nod.
Perth came in at number 7, while Adelaide scraped in with a joint fifth place alongside Calgary. ADELAIDE!
Melbourne narrowly inched out Vienna and Vancouver, second and third respectively, by 0.1 and 0.2 points.
The top 10 looked like this:
1. Melbourne — 97.5 out of 100
2. Vienna — 97.4
3. Vancouver — 97.3
4. Toronto — 97.2
5. (Tied) Adelaide/ Calgary — 96.6
7. Perth — 95.9
8. Auckland — 95.7
9. Helsinki — 95.6
10. Hamburg — 95.0
This time last year, Melbourne’s win cemented the record for the longest period of time in the number one position. This year, Melbourne has broken its own record with a seventh win. Pfft, show-offs…
Poor ol’ Sydney came in at number 11 for the second year running, having slipped from seventh place since 2015, while Brisbane held onto a steady 16.
Compared against 140 other cities from across the world, the EIU Liveability Ranking assigns a rating across five broad categories, including: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure.
Destination Melbourne’s, Chief Executive Officer, Laura Cavallo, was pretty stoked about the impact the announcement will have on Melbourne’s visitor industry.
“No other city has ever held the top ranking for seven years consecutively. The liveability index definitely serves to further elevate Melbourne’s public profile as a desirable place to visit.
“Melbourne enjoys an enviable quality of life. It’s a place where locals and visitors feel connected and welcome. We have access to so many world class cultural attractions, culinary experiences, elite sporting events, festivals, and other entertainment options.”
Tourism continues to be a key contributor towards Melbourne’s growing economy, with more than $6.7 billion spent by international overnight visitors for the year ending March 2017. This figure has risen by an average of 6.5 per cent compared to the previous year.
The bottom 10 on the list looked like this:
1. Damascus, Syria — 30.2 out of 100
2. Lagos, Nigeria — 46.4
3. Tripoli, Libya — 36.6
4. Dhaka, Bangladesh — 38.7
5. Port Moresby, PNG — 39.6
6. (Joint place) Algiers, Algeria/ Karachi, Pakistan — 40.9
8. Harare, Zimbabwe — 42.6
9. Douala, Cameroon — 44
10. Kiev, Ukraine — 47.8