Vienna, the capital city of Austria, has once again retained the top position in a survey of “World’s Most Liveable Cities 2019”. Melbourne, a seven time title winner (2011 – 2017) came a close second for a second time. However, the difference in scores between the duo like last year is very minimal, i.e. 0.7 percentage point. Sydney, another Australian city finished third, two ranks above from 2018.
The Economist Intelligence Unit publishes a list of World’s most and least livable cities every year. It ranks the cities by accounting five categories -stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure – under 140 destinations. Each city is given score out of 100.
Vienna which had first beat Melbourne last year, ending Melbourne’s record of being in the top for seven consecutive years, has obtained 99.1 points out of 100 while Melbourne 98.4.
Likewise, Sydney, Osaka of Japan and Calgary (Canada) have been ranked as 3rd, 4th and 5th position.
Mega cities such as London and New York could fare as expected because of overstretched infrastructures and high rate of crimes.
Similarly, Paris, a high-profile city in the globe has fallen to 25th position, however still above Singapore (40th) and New York (58th).
The list has also published the “World’s 10 Least Livable cities”. Most of those cities have long been suffering from internal terrorism and political instability, Damascus (Syria) being on the top of the table of least livable cities with the point of 30.7 and Caracas (Venezuela) at the bottom of the table.
Dhaka and Karachi countries have also been ranked in the least livable cities – congestion and poor quality of air contributing towards its low ranking.