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Melbourne - Is It Really the Most Liveable City?

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Published January 15th 2014
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Glorious night and day. Source

I'm sorry, I don't want to be disloyal, but how many years can the Ring Road be under improvement and, despite the fact no workers are in sight the speed limit is always 80kph? Of 140 cities surveyed, Melbourne still comes out on top.

I suppose road rage, mass redundancies and king hits in the aptly named King St don't count either. Can happen everywhere, right? What about clean beaches, disability parks, food kitchens for the homeless?

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It made me wonder: What are the criteria for the most liveable city? Turns out the ranking is more complicated than my measures. It supposedly assesses living conditions, under five categories and 30 indicators. The categories include: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Melbourne was placed number 1 again with a score of 97.5 out of 100. It lost a few points for climate (no surprises there), petty crime and culture. The latter is debatable. This is the list of top most liveable cities in the world:

Most Liveable Cities
1 Melbourne
2 Vienna
3 Vancouver
4 Toronto
5 Calgary
6 Adelaide
7 Sydney
8 Helsinki
9 Perth
10 Auckland

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Now that's a city! Source

I am pretty impressed and proud that of all the cities listed, Australia has 4 in the top 10. However, the ongoing rivalry with Sydney will only be inflamed by the fact that Sydney came 7th and was overtaken by 'sleepy' Adelaide this year. But that's as far as my patriotism goes as I think I would much rather live in Vienna or Vancouver. .. and that has absolutely nothing to do with it being school holidays…much!

So no use complaining about crime, congestion, unemployment and transport problems, these made a big difference for poor old New York, Tokyo, Paris and London. Bottom line is: If you think it's bad here, be grateful… it doesn't get any better anywhere else.

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Beautiful everywhere you look. Source:

If I was to write the criteria, the top 10 might turn out a bit differently. I'd like a few more sunny days and extra public holidays (not for schools), but now I'm only dreaming. What would you put on your list of criteria for the most liveable city?
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Having lived in Vienna, Sydney, Melbourne I can easily say without any second thought that I much prefer living in Perth. It is so much more relaxed and you won't find a better climate and coastline in the world!
It really is horses for courses. I like the outdoors - hence I like Perth. Hipsters like Melbourne because everything is indoors and involves coffee. Worldly people like Sydney because it's our world famous city - it has everything for everyone.
If you like culture, you can't go past Vienna but I'd never live there again because no beaches!
by Tom (score: 2|798) 3130 days ago
Yes, it is and I have been very proud to call it home for eight and half years so far! The people are wonderful as is the environment and the opportunities to live a full and meaningful life.
by Julie (score: 1|21) 3125 days ago
I'm a Melbourne born and bred Thornbury girl who left for the sunnier clime of Greece years ago. I have kids, but worry about returning to Melbourne due to the crime (including 'ice' factor / craze). Another thing is our weather there - tends to get gloomy, Apart from that, Melbourne is becoming more and more cosmopolitan, sophisticated and simply 'smarter'. That's a great thing in terms of public health, ie anti smoking, healthy food orientation, lifestyle including outdoors, travel, nature conservation. And the welfare system is fabulous; only Scandinavia has similar in the entire world. Hope Aussies realize how lucky they are, and even more so Melbournians who's ongoing cultural development is making it world class. Get rid of the crime, and you wouldn't really want to live anywhere else. And I know I'll be back for good soon.
by Katrina Black (score: 1|22) 3125 days ago

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