Perth Moves Up the Ranks of Best Cities to Live in
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.