Melbourne Is The Second Best City In The World To Live In, Says New Study
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Living in Australia has some pretty lovely perks: the beautiful weather, stunning coastline, awe-inspiring camping spots, friendly people and good coffee.
But, like many countries, there is always a battle over where is the best place to live.
Well, that debate has been settled for this year and Melbourne has come out on top. But the Victorian capital has not only won best city to live in in Australia, but it's the second best place to live in the whole goddamn world.
Not too shabby Melbourne.
The uber cool city was pipped by Vienna, Austria in the rankings done by The Economist Intelligence Unit's latest Global Liveability Report.
"While in the past couple of years cities in Europe were affected by the spreading perceived threat of terrorism in the region, which caused heightened security measures, the past year has seen a return to normalcy," the EIU said.
"A long-running contender to the title, Vienna has succeeded in displacing Melbourne from the top spot due to increases in the Austrian capital's stability category ratings."
The top five featured Sydney in third, Osaka, Japan as fourth and Calgary, Canada as fifth.
Melbourne scored 100 for healthcare, education and infrastructure, 98.6 for culture and environment, and had 95 for stability, which takes into account crime and threat of terror.
Interestingly, Sydney and Melbourne weren't the only places from the Land Down Under that featured in the top 10.
Adelaide managed to nab tenth on the list with a score of 96.6, Perth grabbed 14th and Brisbane came in at a very strong 18th. London and New York might be some of the most visited places in the world but they ranked 48th and 58th respectively for liveability.
Take that UK and USA.
That's pretty impressive for Australia to have five cities in the top 20 best places to live in the whole world.
Sydney moved from fifth in last year's report to third, which the Economist explains is down to a few factors.
"This is attributable to an improvement in Sydney's culture and environment score, reflecting an increased focus on combating and mitigating the impacts of climate change, as outlined by the city's 'Sustainable Sydney 2030' strategy," the report said.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the worst cities in the world to live in were Damascus, Syria, Lagos, Nigeria, Dhaka, Bangladesh and Tripoli, Libya.