Melbourne tops Vancouver as world's most liveable city

Canadian city Vancouver has been knocked from first place on an influential 'liveability" survey, after almost a decade at the top spot.

The Economist Intelligence Unit's annual liveability ranking, released August 30, demoted Vancouver to third place, crowning Australian city Melbourne the most liveable place in the world.

Austrian capital Vienna also jumped up to second place in the rankings, which are calculated on factors such as stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

It was a close race, with Vancouver just 0.2 points behind Melbourne thanks to increased traffic congestion, although subsequent calculations which take June's riots into account are likely to hit the Canadian city's rating even further, according to the Economist's Gulliver blog.

However, it was by no means a poor show for Canada, which managed to place three cities within the world's top five, with Toronto and Calgary winning fourth and fifth places respectively.

The rest of the top ten was dominated by Oceania, with Sydney, Perth and Adelaide in Australia also ranking, along with Auckland in New Zealand.

The only other European city to make the top ten was Finnish capital Helsinki, in seventh place.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2011/08/liveability-ranking

The world's most liveable cities (score)

1. Melbourne 97.5
2. Vienna 97.4
3. Vancouver 97.3
4. Toronto 97.2
5. Calgary 96.6
6. Sydney 96.1
7. Helsinki 96
8. Perth 95.9
9. Adelaide 95.9
10. Auckland 95.7

Data from Economist.com

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