Toronto is — still — officially one of the most liveable cities in the world.
After a seven-year reign, Melbourne has lost its title of world’s most liveable city. Out of 140 cities, the Australian city placed second on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2018 ranking of the world’s most liveable cities. It missed out on first by just 0.7 per cent.
The top spot in 2018 goes to Vienna, Austria.
Toronto finished in seventh place, tied with Toyko, Japan. Last year, Toronto placed fourth. It was one of three Canadian cities in the top-10. Calgary landed fourth on the list, while Vancouver squeaked just ahead of Toronto in the sixth spot.
The annual list assesses stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. On the whole, global liveability has improved for the second year in a row. The study indicates it has increased from 74.8 per cent last year to 75.7 per cent in 2018.
Very little has changed among the highest-ranking cities.
War-torn and third-world countries unsurprisingly find their cities at the bottom of the ranks. Syria’s capital Damascus is apparently the last place on Earth anyone should want to live.
Bangladesh’s Dhaka and Nigeria’s Lagos are not far behind, in 139th and 138th place respectively.
The World’s Top-10 Most Liveable Cities Of 2018
1. Vienna, Austria
2. Melbourne, Australia
3. Osaka, Japan
4. Calgary, Canada
5. Sydney, Australia
6. Vancouver, Canada
7. (tie) Toronto, Canada
7. (tie) Tokyo, Japan
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
10. Adelaide, Australia
The World’s Least Liveable Cities Of 2018
1. Damascus, Syria
2. Dhaka, Bangladesh
3. Lagos, Nigeria
4. Karachi, Pakistan
5. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
6. Harare, Zimbabwe
7. Tripoli, Libya
8. Douala, Cameroon
9. Algiers, Algeria
10. Dakar, Senegal