Did you know that Australian cities once again topped the list of the world’s most livable cities? Want to know why? Read on to find out!
The World’s Three Most Livable Cities: Vienna, Melbourne, and Sydney
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If history has taught us anything, it’s that the current civilization is the most advanced one in all of human history. This is particularly evident in the sophisticated infrastructure, cutting-edge technologies, and advanced educational systems. However, as long as humans remain greedy, corrupted, hateful, envious, and selfish, they’ll keep standing in the way of their own progress. It’s no wonder then that such ugly phenomena as police brutality, racism, poverty, forced migration, and xenophobia, still exist in our seemingly enlightened age. Fortunately, there’s still a silver lining amidst the chaos and confusion.
It goes without saying that progress on such a large scale is not easily accomplished. In fact, it’ll take us decades or even centuries before we get there. That’s why it’s important to learn from the success stories of developed countries that keep improving the wellbeing of their citizens. One such country is Australia. The 2019 Global Livability Report compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which ranks 140 cities around the world based on their infrastructure, education, culture, environment, and health care, puts three Australian cities on top of its list.
Until recently, Australia’s Melbourne topped the global livability ranking for 7 consecutive years. It was followed by Sydney, another Australian megapolis that made it to the list thanks to its Sydney 2030 initiative. However, Melbourne was dethroned by Vienna, which has held its title for 2 years in a row now. It is a truly outstanding achievement for Australia, but it also sends a clear message to the world that other cities are clearly doing something wrong. The Japanese city of Osaka is ranked third with an overall rating of 97,7%.
Vienna’s overtaking Melbourne wasn’t the only thing that took us by surprise this year. The fact that some of the world’s major cities, such as New York (USA); Las Vegas (USA), Paris (France), Seattle (USA); Houston (USA); and Seoul (South Korea), couldn’t even make it to the top ten also raised quite a few eyebrows. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, an organization that compiled the global livability ranking, this drastic fall is due to a variety of factors, such as anti-government protests, high crime rates, lack of quality housing, and civil unrest. So what makes these Australian cities different?
Vienna, Austria’s Capital and its Pride and Joy
Vienna, a city that prides itself on its infrastructure, beautiful architecture, art, and music, has once again confirmed its status as the world’s most liveable city. The most stunning thing about Vienna’s position on the list is its near-perfect score of 99.1 out of 100. Unfortunately, it also makes it nearly impossible to pinpoint a standout factor that enabled the city to secure its top ranking.
Melbourne, a Seven-Time Title Holder
Despite being relegated to the second position, Melbourne earned everyone’s admiration for topping the list of the world’s most livable cities for seven consecutive years. That is quite an achievement, and it is indicative of the fact that the city’s environmental performance, culture, health care, education, and infrastructure are second to none.
Sydney, Taking a Lead in Combating Climate Change
Sydney is another beautiful Australian city that has been making headlines recently. What helped it move up to the second position is its Sydney 2030 initiative aimed at combating the climate crisis.
The Most Livable Cities in 2019
- Vienna, Austria
- Melbourne, Australia
- Sydney, Australia
- Osaka, Japan
- Calgary, Canada
- Vancouver, Canada
- Toronto, Canada
- Tokyo, Japan
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Adelaide, Australia
The Least Livable Cities in 2019
- Damascus, Syria
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Tripoli, Libya
- Karachi, Pakistan
- Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
- Harare, Zimbabwe
- Douala, Cameroon
- Algiers, Algeria
- Caracas, Venezuela
Overall, there has been a significant improvement in this year’s livability performance. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EUI), it was San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, that has made the biggest progress, climbing from the 89th to the 69th position. That is quite an achievement, considering the fact that it has taken place within the space of just one year. Adelaide, another Australian city, was ranked the 10th, only 0.2 points behind Denmark’s Copenhagen. Osaka, Japan, and Tokyo, Japan’s three biggest cities, also managed to stay in the top 10. Canada’s Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto got the 5th, 6th, and 7th spots, respectively. In contrast, problems with air pollution caused New Delhi and Cairo to move down to the 118th and 125th positions, accordingly.