Melbourne most livable city on Earth, Adelaide fifth

ALEX HEINKE reports.

Melbourne has been named the world’s most liveable city for the fifth year in a row achieving a near perfect score on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) livability survey of 140 cities.

The survey rated cities out of 100 in a variety of areas including health care, education, stability, culture and environment and infrastructure.


Melbourne again achieved a score of 97.5, just two-and-a-half points shy of perfection.

Adelaide was ranked in fifth place again with an overall rating of 96.6.

“Those that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density,” the EIU report said.

“These can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure.”

Seven of the top ten scoring cities were in Australia and Canada.

Damascus in Syria was ranked as the least liveable city.