Melbourne tops most liveable city list 2011

The Australian city of Melbourne has edged out Canada’s Vancouver to take the title of the world’s most liveable city for the first time in almost a decade. The city’s mayor Robert Doyle said he was “absolutely delighted” with the news. This year Vancouver fell to third place behind the Austrian city of Vienna.

The Australian metropolis topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability survey of 140 cities. Australian cities featured prominently in the top ten, with Sydney ranked sixth and Perth and Adelaide in joint 8th place. Canadian cities also did well, with Toronto and Calgary holding fourth and fifth place respectively.

The survey is conducted twice a year. Cities were scored on political and social stability, crime rates, access to quality health care, cultural events, the environment, education and the standard of infrastructure. Vancouver missed out on the top spot because its infrastructure had fallen due to periodic closures of a key motorway.

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