Melbourne has been named the world's most liveable city for the fourth year in a row, by the Economist Intelligence Unit's liveability survey of 140 cities.

The Australian culture hub received high marks across a range of criteria, with perfect ratings for healthcare, education and infrastructure contributing to its overall score of 97.5 out of 100.

Victorian Premier Denis Napthine attributed winning the coveted title to Melbourne’s “low crime rates, great health system, harmonious multicultural community, excellent education system and road and rail network.”

Vienna ranked second in the survey, coming in at just 0.1 points behind Melbourne.

Adelaide, Sydney and Perth also made it into the top 10 of the list, with ratings of 96.6, 96.1 and 95.9 respectively.

Sydney, achieved a perfect score in most areas, but was let down in the category of stability (90) and culture and environment (90.4).

The survey found that over the past six months, only nine cities of 140 surveyed had experienced changes in scores and only 20 cities had seen changes over the past year.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s report, global liveability has declined over the last five years, with Kiev (Ukraine), Tripoli (Libya) and Damascus (Syria) having seen the biggest falls.


  1. Melbourne
  2. Vienna (Austria)
  3. Vancouver (Canada)
  4. Toronto (Canada)
  5. Adelaide
  6. Calgary (Canada)
  7. Sydney
  8. Helsinki (Finland)
  9. Perth
  10. Auckland (New Zealand)

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Courtesy Economist Intelligence Unit and SMH