The 10 Best Cities to Live in Around the World
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.
10. Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg slid into the top 10 with an overall rating of 95.
Hamburg’s stability score was at 90, while its culture and environment score was 93.5, its education score was at 91.7, and both its healthcare and infrastructure scores came in at a perfect 100.
9. Helsinki, Finland
One of the factors that put cities on the top 10 most livable cities list, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, is a relatively low population density. Finland has a density that ranges between 15 and 18 people per square kilometer of land, which is quite small in comparison to the global land average of 57 people per square kilometer.
Helsinki earned an overall score of 95.6, with stability and healthcare scores of 100, an infrastructure score of 96.4, an education score of 91.7, and a culture and environment score of 88.7.
8. Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand holds the same population density as Finland, according to the report, helping put its city on the list.
Auckland scored 95.7 overall, with a culture and environment score of 97, a healthcare score of 95.8, a stability score of 95, an infrastructure score of 92.9, and a perfect 100 for education.
7. Perth, Australia
Perth was another Australian city to make it onto the list, with an overall score of 95.9. Perth had a stability score of 95, a culture and environment score of 88.7, and a score of 100 for its healthcare, education, and infrastructure.
6. Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide had an overall score of 96.6, led by perfect 100's in both education as well as healthcare. This Australian city also had a stability score of 95, a culture and environment score of 94.2, and an infrastructure score of 96.4.
5. Calgary, Canada
Calgary was one of three Canadian cities that made it to the top 10, with an overall score of 96.6. Its stability, education, and healthcare scores were all at 100, while its infrastructure score was 96.4 and its culture and environment score was an admirable 89.1.
4. Toronto, Canada
Toronto came in at fourth place this year, with an overall rating of 97.2. Its healthcare, stability, and education scores were all perfect 100's. Toronto's infrastructure score was 96.4, while its culture and environment score was 89.1.
3. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver ranked No. 3 with an overall rating of 97.3, with a stability score of 95, an infrastructure score of 92.9, and solid 100's for healthcare, culture and environment, and education.
2. Vienna, Austria
Only 0.1 percentage points separated Vienna from this year's top city. Vienna's overall score was 97.4.
This Austrian city has a stability score of 95, while its healthcare, education, and infrastructure scores are all 100. Vienna's culture and environment score was 94.4.
1. Melbourne, Australia
Considered the No.1 most livable city on Earth this year, Melbourne earned an overall score of 97.5, with perfect 100s in three categories: education, infrastructure, and healthcare. Melbourne has a stability score of 95 and a culture and environment score of 95.1.