In a world where everything changes so quickly, some life components have to remain stable. Healthcare, education, infrastructure, safety are for sure the most important ones and they have to be at a high level. On the other side, there are a lot of problems that many nations confront with: terrorism, criminality, drug trafficking. However, there are cities in this world with the best living conditions. We took into consideration two important Rankings: “A Summary of the Liveability Ranking and Overview” of 140 cities made by The Economist Intelligence Unit and a top made by Forbes and we chose only 9 of them.
9. Helsinki, Finland
There are only two European capitals ranked in this top and the first one is Helsinki, the capital and the largest city of Finland, with a population of 625.000 habitants, and a metropolitan area with 1.400.000 habitants. It was also included in 2011 in the top “Liveable Cities Index 2011” by Monocle Magazine and it was ranked the most liveable city in the world. It was given by The Economist Intelligence Unit Report full marks for stability and healthcare and high marks for infrastructure environment and education.
8. Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland located in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country (1.415 million in 2016.).The 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Auckland 3rd place in the world on its list. In terms of population it is the largest Oceanic city outside Australia. In The Economist Intelligence Unit report scored full marks for education and 92.9 for infrastructure which is a very high score.
7. Perth, Australia
Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia, with an estimated population of 2.02 million (2014). Perth came 8th in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s August 2015 list of the world’s most liveable cities, and was classified by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network in 2010 as a world city. In The Economist Intelligence Unit report had a perfect score (100 scores) in education, healthcare and infrastructure.
6. Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia (1.3 millions). It ranks highly in terms of liveability, being listed in the Top 10 of The Economist Intelligence Unit Reports several times and by the Property Council of Australia every year, from 2011 up to 2013. It is remembered in the Forbes top and it was given high scores by The Economist Intelligence Unit Report. Sydney is no more included in this top (because of the terrorism threat).
5. Calgary, Canada
Calgary is a city in the Canadian province of Alberta. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic Games. This city population grows very fast this year: from 4,256 up to 1,235,171. Calgary scored higher on economic stability according Forbes. This city also scored 100 from The Economist Intelligence Unit Report for education, stability and healthcare.
4. Toronto, Canada
Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, the provincial capital of Ontario, and the center of the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto has an estimated population of 2.79 million in 2016. According to Forbes, Toronto looks like Dubai of North America. Toronto is a prominent center of music, theatre and television productions. Its overall score gave by The Economist Intelligence Unit was 97.2.It still has some infrastructure problems.
3. Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia, Canada, and the most populous city in the province. The estimated population of Vancouver in 2016 is 610,000. The Economist Intelligence Unit acknowledged it as the first city to rank among the top-ten of the world’s most liveable cities for five consecutive years. It’s not the first one this year because of the infrastructure, but it still receive 100 for healthcare, education, culture and environment.
2. Viena, Austria
The second European capital in this top is, Viena, the capital city of Austria. The city has a population of about 1.8 million (2.6 million within the metropolitan area). In the Forbes’s top they call it “a less dramatic place to live”. This city is in the top nine list with a total score of 97.4.
1. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia. The population in 2015 was 4.529.496. Melbourne rates highly in education, entertainment, health care, research and development, tourism and sport, and is the world’s most liveable city—from 2011 up to 2016, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.