One of Australia’s premier cities, Melbourne is a sprawling metropolis of more than 4 million people. Throughout the years, the Victorian capital has seen major improvements, both economically and socially, that made it one of the leading financial centres not just in Australia, but in the Asia-Pacific region as well. With its strong economy, quality social services, and vibrant urban scene, it is no wonder why Melbourne has been consistently named as one of the most liveable cities in the world.1
In 2014, the Victorian capital has topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s World Most Liveable Cities Index, beating other 139 cities across the globe, including Montreal, New York, Vienna, Vancouver, and Tokyo. Other Australian cities, like Adelaide (5th), Sydney (7th), and Perth (9th), meanwhile, also made it to the Top Ten.
According to The Guardian, it is the fourth consecutive year that the Economist proclaimed Melbourne as the most liveable city in the world. The city topped the ranking for achieving the perfect score of 100 in the healthcare, education, and infrastructure categories, as well as the in the sub-category of sport. It also received high marks in the other criteria of stability, culture, and environment.2
Melbourne also received huge recognition and accolades from another liveability survey conducted by lifestyle magazine Monocle. In Monocle’s Quality of Life survey for 2014, the Australian city ranked third, just behind Copenhagen of Denmark and Tokyo of Japan. Amongst the criteria used by the magazine to rank the cities are safety and crime, international connectivity, climate and sunshine, quality of architecture, public transportation, and tolerance. How a city deals with and manage environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business condition, proactive policy developments, and medical care also affects its ranking.
Speaking about Melbourne, Monocle said the Victorian capital has shown excellent performance amongst other Australian cities throughout the years. While other Australian cities havebeaten Melbourne when it comes to sun and surf, Monocle believes that Melbourne’s“cultural credentials are second to none.”3
However, Melbourne was not as lucky when it comes to Mercer’s Quality of Living Index. The survey, which “assesses quality of living conditions to help multinational companies and other employers fairly compensate employees when placing them on international assignments,” placed the Victorian capital only at the 16th spot. Sydney, meanwhile, is at tenth place, the highest amongst other Australian cities. Vienna (Austria) topped the index, followed by Zurich and Geneva (Switzerland).4
2 “Melbourne again tops Economist’s world most liveable cities index.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/19/melbourne-again-tops-economists-world-most-liveable-cities-index
3“Quality of Life Survey 2014.” http://monocle.com/film/affairs/quality-of-life-survey-2014/
4“Vienna Tops the List Again.” https://www.imercer.com/content/quality-of-living.aspx