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Liveability of Cities

Liveability assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. Assessing liveability has a broad range of uses. Liveability is increasingly used by city councils, organisations or corporate entities looking to test their locations against others to see general areas where liveability can differ.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’ s liveability index assigns every city a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure. Each factor in a city is rated as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable. For quali ¬tative indicators, a rating is awarded based on the judgment of in-house analysts and in-city contributors. For quantitative indicators, a rating is calcul ¬ated based on the relative performance of a number of external data points.

The scores are then compiled and weighted to provide a score of 1’“100, where 1 is considered  intolerable and 100 is considered ideal. The liveability rating is provided both as an overall score  and as a score for each category. To provide points of reference, the score is also given for each  category relative to New York and an overall position in the ranking of 140 cities is provided.

Top ten cities: (1) Melbourne 97.5, (2) Vienna 97.4, (3) Vancouver 97.3, (4) Toronto 97.2, (5) Calgary 96.6, (6) Sydney 96.1, (7) Helsinki 96 8, (8) Perth 95.9, (9) Adelaide 95.9, (10) Auckland 95.7

Source: Economist Liveability Ranking