Melbourne gets the nod as #1, again

by Elizabeth Barnard20 Aug 2012

In the latest release of the a bi-annual survey of the world’s most liveable cities, Australia has once again dominated the top spots – welcome news for HR professionals trying to tempt employees to the cities.

Melbourne retained its title as the ‘World’s Most Liveable City’, and Adelaide came in fifth alongside Sydney and Perth in seventh and ninth respectively. “Australia, with a low population density and relatively low crime rates, continues to supply some of the world's most liveable cities,” Economist Intelligence Unit survey editor Jon Copestake said. “Despite the rising cost of living driven by the strong Australian dollar, these cities offer a range of factors to make them highly attractive," he said.

Initially, the EIU list was compiled in order to test whether HR departments needed to pay a hardship allowance in expatriate relocation packages – and the survey still ranks 140 cities as having the best or the worst living conditions. Scoring is based on political and social stability, crime rates, access to quality health care, cultural events, the environment, education and the standard of infrastructure.

Notably there was very little difference between any of the 10 most liveable cities with just 1.8 percentage points separating Melbourne in first place and Auckland in 10th  place. “The general conditions required for a location to be awarded a high liveability score continue to be well reflected,” Copestake said.

Copestake added that there does appear to be a correlation between the types of cities that sit right at the very top of the ranking. “Those that score best tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density. This can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure,” he said.


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