The Economist released their annual ranking of the world’s most “liveable” cities, and again Melbourne comes out on top. Sydney drops four places and ends up outside top-10, on 11th place.
Melbourne just scored another point in the battle against Sydney. For the sixth year in a row they are topping The Economist list of most “liveable” cities in the world.
Vienna is ranked as the world’s second-most liveable city, followed by Vancouver and Toronto. Adelaide continues to score high and comes in on a 5th place, and Perth on a 7th:
Melbourne mayor Robert Doyle expressed his gratitude to the award, but assures they are not satisfied yet:
“We do not take this title for granted and are constantly planning and implementing policies that will continue to improve our quality of life,” says Robert Doyle.
“It is an exciting time in Melbourne: We’ve got many major infrastructure projects under way, including the Metro Tunnel, and the proposed renewal of the Queen Victoria Market precinct.” Sydney on the other hand slips out of top 10, mainly because a increased perceived threat of terrorism. This is however a global, and many cities have dropped because of the threat level.
Clarke Jones, a research fellow at the Australian National University, disagrees with the report and points out that Sydney is a safe city: “If they’re basing it on the threat of terrorism, I think that’s unfounded, without question. Sydney is a very liveable city, apart from the cost of real estate.”
He continued saying it was “an unfair perception that we have a high terrorism threat. In terms of overall assessment of safe places to be, I think Sydney and other cities in Australia are just as safe.”