Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Economist Intelligence Unit's 2009 Liveability survey

The Economist's survey of liveable cities in the world has just been published naming cities in Europe, Canada and Australia as the best places to live.

The top ten comprised 4 European cities, 3 Canadian and 3 Australian.

High-scoring cities tend to be mid-sized and located in developed countries with a low population density. This gives them the enviable benefits of access to both cultural and recreational attractions, but with lower crime levels and fewer infrastructure problems than often found among larger populations.

The top 10
1. Vancouver
2. Vienna
3. Melbourne
4. Toronto
5. Perth and Calgary
7. Helsinki
8. Geneva, Sydney and Zurich

(edited to show Geneva, Sydney and Zurich in joint 8th)

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand was placed 23rd and Auckland 12th.

The highest Asian city was Osaka at 13th, with Singapore trailing in at a disappointing 54th


  1. AnonymousJune 10, 2009

    The ranking numbers in your list are incorrect. As this Economist page ( shows, the rankings for the top 10 cities are:

    1. Vancouver (98%)
    2. Vienna (97.8%)
    3. Melbourne (97.5%)
    4. Toronto (97.2%)
    5. Perth & Calgary (96.6%)
    7. Helsinski (96.2%)
    8. Geneva, Sydney & Zurich (96.1%)

  2. Thanks for pointing that out, list amended accordingly.
    Further information on the survery may also be found at


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