The world’s most livable city is Melbourne, according to a recent report. Receiving a score of 97.5 out of 100, Melbourne dominated the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking of the most livable cities in the world for the 7th year in a row. Which makes Melbourne a pretty tough city to beat. Vienna and Vancouver rounded out the top three, while not a single US or UK city was in the top ten. So bad news for the Americans and Brits among us, but Canada is looking pretty good, with three cities in the top ten.

“This world record is an amazing feat that all Melburnians should be extremely proud of today,” Melbourne’s mayor, Robert Doyle, said. “There will always be naysayers and whingers, and of course we are not perfect. No great world city is, but we should be very proud of the work we all do together to make Melbourne the best city in the world.”

The good news for the rest of us is that there was overall improvement in world city livability. 12 cities have improved levels of livability, while only six declined. “While the improvement is marginal it does reflect a positive note for global livability, which has been beset by mounting instability over the course of the last decade,” Jon Copestake, editor of the survey, said. “Many of the challenges to livability have not gone away, terror attacks have continued and geopolitical posturing has created further international uncertainty. Perhaps a turning point has been reached but livability levels remain low by historical standards.”

Areas of political unrest, unsurprisingly, ranked as particularly unlivable. Damascus, Lagos, and Tripoli were at the bottom of the list. Manchester and Stockholm both suffered drops in ranking due to recent terrorist attacks.

You can see the total top 10 here:

1. Melbourne, Australia

2. Vienna, Austria

3. Vancouver, Canada

4. Toronto, Canada

= 5. Calgary, Canada

= 5. Adelaide, Australia

7. Perth, Australia

8. Auckland, New Zealand

9. Helsinki, Finland

10. Hamburg, Germany


It certainly looks like Canada or Australia is the way to go. And it makes you reconsider what makes a city ‘livable’. While many who live in major cities like London or New York can feel like they’re the center of the universe, it’s really not the case. Issues of pollution, living standards, rents, and job prospects make a huge difference. It may be time to look around and consider what kind of life you’re really living. Because there are so many different ways to live, rather than just survive, and in some cities it’s just easier than others.