Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

London jumps five places in Global Liveability Ranking

London jumps five places in Global Liveability Ranking

While Vienna in Australia was ranked the most liveable city in the world, other cities in the worst category included: Dakar in Senegal; Algiers in Algeria; Douala in Cameroon; Tripoli in Libya and Harare in Zimbabwe, which came 131st, 132nd, 133rd, 134th and 135th, respectively.

Osaka, Calgary and Sydney completed the top five in the survey, which the EIU says tends to favor medium-sized cities in wealthy countries, often with relatively low population densities.

EIU's liveability rating, part of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, assigns scores to 140 cities based on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Despite improving its scores in some of the judging criteria, Melbourne was relegated to bridesmaid, with Sydney in fifth place and Adelaide rounding out the top-10.

"It is now separated from the former top-ranked city by a mere 0.7 of a percentage point".

The city was also ranked ahead of London in last year's survey.

In its own turn, Singapore's score also registered an improvement in the public healthcare category, boasting the highest possible score, the release said.

The survey had been criticised a year ago for demoting Manchester eight places after the May 22nd attack.

South Lakeland was ranked as the region's most liveable place, followed by Fylde, Ribble Valley, South Ribble, and Copeland.

However, fellow Asian cities Kuala Lumpur, Kathmandu, Colombo and Dhaka didn't fare as well, with all four listed among the nine cities whose livability ranking has declined in the past year.

On a larger scale, global livability has improved for the second year in a row, increasing from 74.8% last year to 75.7% in 2018.

Pakistan's Karachi was ranked just above Lagos, again most-likely due to security concerns, while Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby was ranked 136 due to its high level of crime.

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