World’s Most Livable Cities

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The Economist ranked the world’s least and most livable cities, and, to none’s surprise, Canada and Australia owned the podium, so to speak.

The top prize went to Melbourne, Australia, which scored perfect 100 scores in the health care, education, and infrastructure categories, as well as scoring well in culture and environment.

The bottom of the list was full of cities in conflict zones, underlying the effects violence can have on quality of life for ordinary residents. The report also shows that, since 2009, the average livability around the world has dropped 0.7%, with a 1.3% drop in the score for safety and stability.

The ten most livable cities were:

1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Adelaide, Australia
5. Calgary, Canada
7. Sydney, Australia
8. Helsinki, Finland
9. Perth, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand

The ten least livable cities were:

131. Abidjan, Cote d.Ivoire
132. Tripoli, Libya
133. Douala, Cameroon
134. Harare, Zimbabwe
135. Algiers, Algeria
136. Karachi, Pakistan
137. Lagos, Nigeria
138. Port Moresby, Papa New Guinea
139. Dhaka, Bangladesh
140. Damascus, Syria

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