Every year a list comes out called The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global 2019 Liveability Index, and it looks at a range of factors to decide which city is the most liveable in the world. Competition is hot. This list is a chance for every city to see where they’re ranked and feel proud, or argue with higher ranking cities (looking at you, Sydney vs. Melbourne!).
To be considered #1, 140 cities are ranked on liveability markers such as economic stability, access to healthcare, education, infrastructure, culture and environment (AKA green spaces and pollution). Each city is marked on these to give a rating out of 100.
So who is the winner you ask?
For the second year in a row, the winner is VIENNA!
Vienna took the top spot of most liveable city in 2018 thanks to its strong cultural heritage (think the opera and ballet!), balanced income vs. housing costs, public transport, low crime rate and proximity to hikes in the Austrian mountains and public parks.
Coming in second was Melbourne, who came second in 2018 also and had previously held the top spot for 7 years.
Sydney moved up two places from 2018 to third place, meaning that it’s once again going to be neck and neck in 2020 for Australia’s two big city rivals.