My hometown of Melbourne is the most livable city in the world

August 29, 2013

Statistics never deceive and for the third year in a row, yours hometown of Melbourne that serves as the capital for state of Victoria has emerged top of the list for the most liveable cities in the world. Like it or not, as a Melburnian, I can tell you Melbourne has an enviable lifestyle and some of the most skilled and innovative workforce I have ever worked with. As my aunt recently told me, the city now offers the competitive business environment that makes Melbourne one of the most dynamic cities in the world let alone Australia. Since taking the mantle from Canadian city of Vancouver, Melbourne had consistently been in the top three positions of the 140 cities listed on Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Ranking. The survey is part of the Worldwide Cost of Living evaluation of living conditions in 140 cities worldwide through assigning a rating across five broad categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. According to the data, Melbourne scored highly in all of the EIU’s criteria and achieves perfect scores in the areas of healthcare, education and infrastructure.This latest developments comes just weeks after the Monocle magazine named Melbourne’s quality of life the second best in the world climbing from fifth position last year.

Melbourne’s constant reinvention of itself with new innovative buildings rising as quickly as new food trucks and restaurants appear is referenced by the report. Less than a year ago, I let my feelings known when I shared how Melbourne is well-known city for high quality of life, vibrant multicultural community, renowned arts scene and world famous food and wine. I can also say that no matter what sydneysiders would think of me, Melbourne has Australia’s best shopping and leisure opportunities. Adding to this vibrant lifestyle, Melbourne is home to some of the global most prestigious cultural and sporting events. As the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne continues to attract people from all parts of the world which has ensured a steady supply of highly talented workers. Interestingly, three of the top 10 most livable cities in the world are Canadian.The 100-point score for infrastructure The Economist gave Melbourne and Vienna  first and second place on the list.Seven of the top 10 cities are in Canada and Australia, which the Intelligence Unit points out reflects them being mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with relatively low population density and good healthcare and education. The other cities on the top 10 list, from fifth through ninth, are Adelaide, Sydney, Helsinki- the home of Somocon Oy, my employer and Perth in western Australia. Unfortunately for the African continent, half of the bottom 10 cities are from there namely Douala in Cameroon, Tripoli in Libya, Algiers in Algeria, Harare in Zimbabwe and Lagos in Nigeria.

Contador Harrison