Melbourne ranked world's most liveable city in the world, 7th consecutive time

Melbourne ranked world's most liveable city in the world, 7th consecutive time

Melbourne ranked world's most liveable city in the world, 7th consecutive time

The Victorian capital got the gong on Wednesday, scoring ideal scores for healthcare, education and infrastructure.

Overall, the top five cities were Melbourne, followed by Vienna, Austria and then the Canadian cities of Vancouver and Toronto.

The top cities tend to be mid-sized, in wealthier countries, and with a relatively low population density, the report states.

As the top ranked "tech city" in Australia, Melbourne offers the infrastructure, business environment, talent pool and lifestyle to place it at the top of global shopping lists for tech companies looking for space in which to locate. Perth in Australia ranked seventh, ahead of Auckland New Zealand in eighth place and Hamburg, which rounded out the top 10 after Helsinki.

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The five most improved cities over the past five years are Tehran, Dubai, Abidjan, Harare and Colombo; while the biggest decliners are Kiev, Damascus, Tripoli, Detroit and Moscow.

In particular, heightened terrorist threats from groups such as Islamic State and Boko Haram continue to impact the stability and liveability of cities across the world.

"New York, London, Paris and Tokyo are all prestigious hubs with a wealth of recreational activities, but all suffer from higher levels of crime, congestion and public transport problems than are deemed comfortable".

Iceland's Reykjavik moved up from 50 to 37 from a rise in tourism as well as redevelopment. Amsterdam, for example, has seen a steady but sustained decline in crime rates, prompting Dutch authorities to close down empty prisons.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked 140 cities as part of the ranking. This world record is an unbelievable feat that all Melburnians should be extremely proud of today.

Reasons for cities faring worst that include Karachi in Pakistan and Dhaka in Bangladesh were mostly attributed to civil unrest, war and political strife.

"That doesn't mean we are a flawless city by any means ..."

Syria's capital, Damascus, was last, with an overall livability rating of 30.2 points.

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For more warm and fuzzy Melbourne feels, check out the City of Melbourne's video that they've created in celebration of the announcement.

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