Perth Moves Up the Ranks of Best Cities to Live in

Western Suburbs Weekly - - City of Perth News -

For­get New York, Paris and Lon­don, Perth has beaten them all in the latest Global Live­abil­ity In­dex. Re­leased last week, the Economist In­tel­li­gence Unit’s re­port rated Perth as the eighth best city to live in the world, out of 140 cities sur­veyed, push­ing it up one place in the rank­ings. Lord Mayor Lisa Scaf­fidi said Perth de­served the raise, and was ex­pected to keep on ris­ing. “The changes we have brought upon the cen­tral city area, in­clud­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and ac­ti­va­tion, have de­liv­ered a greater so­phis­ti­ca­tion to our city’s ur­ban fab­ric,” Ms Scaf­fidi said. “As our Vi­sion 2029 has un­folded, peo­ple have started ap­pre­ci­at­ing the new streetscapes, venues, re­tail at­trac­tions, and other of­fer­ings, which has re­sulted in a pos­i­tive change in at­ti­tude.” The Lord Mayor said Perth was a proud mul­ti­cul­tural and global city, with more than one-third of res­i­dents born over­seas, com­pared to the na­tional av­er­age of 25 per­cent. “We are the gate­way to Asia, and many di­rect flights now ex­ist to cities in Asia, Africa and the Mid­dle East,” Ms Scaf­fidi said. “All these fac­tors con­trib­ute strongly to mak­ing Perth very ap­peal­ing. “With our rich history of arts and cul­ture, iconic beaches and rain­forests, Perth, and greater Western Aus­tralian, of­fers unique and in­di­vid­ual ex­pe­ri­ences, un­ri­valled across the coun­try, and the world, and makes Perth the per­fect place to live, work, raise a fam­ily or to visit.” The Economist rates cities out of a score of 100 in ar­eas of health care, ed­u­ca­tion, sta­bil­ity, cul­ture, en­vi­ron­ment and in­fra­struc­ture. Perth scored 95.9 with Mel­bourne se­cur­ing the high­est rat­ing of 97.5. In to­tal, Aus­tralia had four cap­i­tal cities in the top 10. Join­ing Perth at num­ber eight, was Mel­bourne in the top spot, Ade­laide fifth, and Syd­ney sev­enth.

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