All The Reasons Melbourne Is Not The World’s Most Liveable City

By Simone Jovel
14th Aug 2018


In news that has not shocked lovers of warm weather and ocean views everywhere—Melbourne is no longer considered to be the world's #1 most liveable city. The Economist has revealed its top 10 for 2018, with Melbourne slipping to #2 after a seven-year reign in the top spot. The lucky city at the top of this year's study is Vienna.

This year, Sydney—with our glorious, sparkly harbour and unbeatable beaches—is back in the top 10, rising up the charts from #11 to #5. 

So we’re not saying we’re competitive. We’re just saying that maybe you say tomato and we say definitely not what we’d be calling the most livable. But, at the end of the day, you do you, Melbourne. We’ll just be here sunning ourselves in August, whilst you folk enjoy that wind chill.

Here are all of the very valid reasons Melbourne is not the world’s most liveable city.

  1. If you love that chilled-to-your-bones feeling, then we guess you should live there. 
  2. It’s really great that Melbourne has so many rooftop bars. 
  3. It’s a shame they’re not actually that enjoyable (refer to point 1).
  4. Here in Sydney, we have actual sunshine all. Year. ‘Round. 
  5. And beaches.
  6. Alllllll of the beaches.
  7. Right near the city.
  8. None of those faux-beach-really-a-bay situations (here’s looking at you, St Kilda).
  9. There’s also a severe lack of flesh-eating sea creatures here.
  10. And Hipsters.
  11. As well as all those people who have an aversion to colour.
  12. #TooCulturedForLife.
  13. AFL is the only sport that exists.
  14. Those bloody trams.
  15. The airport is aaaaaaaaaaages away.
  16. How many 7/11s does one city actually need?
  17. Potentially for all those snacks on the way to the airport.
  18. You know how the flight to Europe feels LONG? Well, from Melbourne, it’s even longer.
  19. It’s really flat. Flat = ain’t no decent views around here.
  20. Sydney has the Opera Bar, Melbourne has that cafe (or is it a bar?) on the river situation.

Further to our mention of Sydney's unbeatable beaches, here's the ultimate guide to our city's absolute best. 

Image credit: City of Melbourne

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