Mel­bourne, Vi­enna, Van­cou­ver ranked top three most liv­able cities by the Econ­o­mist In­tel­li­gence Unit

Fiji Sun - - Business -

Ac­cord­ing to the Econ­o­mist In­tel­li­gence Unit’s (EIU) Global Live­abil­ity Rank­ing, which scores 140 cities on five life­style cat­e­gories, six of the top 10 liv­able cities in the world are in Aus­tralia and Canada. Mel­bourne ranked first, Vi­enna was sec­ond and Van­cou­ver third, with Toronto, Cal­gary, Ade­laide and Perth round­ing up the top seven, though the scores dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing the qual­ity of life in the top 15 to 20 cities were mar­ginal.

Cities were ranked on cat­e­gories in­clud­ing sta­bil­ity, health­care, cul­ture and en­vi­ron­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and in­fra­struc­ture, but cost of liv­ing wasn’t taken into ac­count. What the top ranked cities had in com­mon was be­ing sit­u­ated in rel­a­tively wealthy coun­tries with good health and ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems, good qual­ity in­fra­struc­ture and they tended to be medium-sized, and had low pop­u­la­tion den­si­ties. For ex­am­ple, the re­port pointed out the pop­u­la­tion den­si­ties in Aus­tralia and Canada are 3.1 and 3.9 peo­ple per square kilo­me­ter. Si­mon Bap­tist, chief econ­o­mist at the EIU, told CNBC by phone that these cities were able to pro­vide the nec­es­sary ameni­ties needed for a higher stan­dard of liv­ing, with­out suf­fer­ing from con­ges­tion.

Some cities are vic­tims of their own suc­cess Larger cities some­times suf­fered in the rank­ings. The re­port noted that global busi­ness cen­ters such as New York, Lon­don, Paris and Tokyo may be con­sid­ered pres­ti­gious busi­ness and fi­nance hubs, with a wealth of recre­ational ac­tiv­ity, but they also suf­fered from higher crime rates, con­ges­tion and pub­lic trans­porta­tion prob­lems. “It brings down their en­vi­ron­ment scores and their scores for trans­port,” said Bap­tist. In Asia, ma­jor re­gional hubs Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore climbed the ranks by a few places to 43rd and 46th, re­spec­tively. Nei­ther city saw an im­prove­ment in their scores and their ad­vances were largely due to de­clines in liv­abil­ity in other cities.

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