What it takes to be an ideal city.
The Australian city of Melbourne has taken first place for the world’s most livable city for the seventh year in a row as part of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report for 2017.
The report gives cities around the world a livability scores based on 30 different factors that fall into five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
A total of 140 cities are surveyed, with scores being weighted on a scale of 1 to 100, with one being considered intolerable living conditions while 100 is considered the ideal.
Each of the broad categories has various subsections to it. For stability, factors include the prevalence of petty and violent crimes and threats of terror, while culture and environment is weighed on factors that include average temperatures, levels of censorship, and social or religious restrictions.
Issues of civil unrest and violence from terrorism has left cities like Damascus, in Syria, and Tripoli, in Libya, as two of the 10 least livable cities in the world this year.
Whether you're traveling the globe in search of paradise or are considering life as an expat, these 10 cities around the globe are where you can expect to find the highest quality of life.