Melbourne Has Lost The World’s Most Liveable City Crown, So We Guess They’re Wrong?

By Ben Tyers
14th Aug 2018


Well, it's all come to an end. Melbourne can no longer claim to be the world's most liveable city after sliding to #2 in this year's Economist annual global liveability survey despite actually increasing our ranking points from last year.

Melbourne now holds the record for consecutive years at the top with 7 years, beating the previous mark of 6 years by Vancouver.

The lucky city at the top of this year's study is Vienna, pipping Melbourne by just 0.7%.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp was pleased with the fact that Melbourne's liveability ranking improved, but no doubt she's steamed we lost the title.

“I’m delighted that Melbourne has improved its liveability ranking. This is the highest score in eight years since our run at the top began. We offer our warm congratulations to the city of Vienna.”

Melbourne received a total score of 98.4 compared to 97.5 from last year. Vienna hit 99.1, and big movers on the list included Paris, Tokyo,  

There has been no word yet as to what we scored on key categories such as smashed avo, Nutella burgers, hidden bars, or the amount of 7-11’s we have.

So, well done Vienna.......I guess. But the good news is that we still beat Sydney which finished 5th overall.

BTW, here's how the top 10 looks:

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Osaka, Japan
  4. Calgary, Canada
  5. Sydney, Australia
  6. Vancouver, Canada
  7. Toronto, Canada
  8. Tokyo, Japan
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Adelaide, Australia

We might go and eat away our sorrows. If you need to as well, here are Melbourne's best pizza spots.

Image credit: Ben Tyers

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