Melbourne dethroned as the most liveable city in the world

Vienna has been named the world’s most liveable city

Vienna has taken the top slot, ending Melbourne's record seven-year run at the top of the global league.

Two other Australian cities feature in the top-ranked places: Sydney (5th) and Adelaide (10th), while only one other European city made the top ten.

"A long-running contender to the title, Vienna has succeeded in displacing Melbourne from the top spot due to increases in the Austrian capital's stability category ratings", it said, referring to one of the index's five headline components.

Closer to home, Adelaide was ranked 10, while Perth dropped out of the top 10, and into 14th place, despite its liveability score remaining unchanged - a change in a city's ranking doesn't necessarily correspond to a change in that city's liveability, but rather its liveability compared to other cities in the survey.

The two cities are now separated by 0.7 of a percentage point in the rankings, with Vienna scoring a near-ideal 99.1 out of 100 and Melbourne scoring 98.4.

While in the past couple of years cities in Europe were affected by the spreading perceived threat of terrorism in the region, which caused heightened security measures, the past year has seen a return to normalcy.

Large cities inundated with crime and those torn apart by war or natural disasters have proven to be the world's most unliveable cities. Previous year it failed to make the top 10.

Canada performed well as well, with Toronto tying with Tokyo for seventh position on a score of 97.2% and Calgary (97.5%) and Vancouver (97.3%) taking fourth and sixth place respectively.

A bird's eye view of Dhaka city.

The 10 cities lowest in the ranking were Damascus, Syria; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Lagos, Nigeria; Karachi, Pakistan; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Harare, Zimbabwe; Tripoli, Libya; Douala, Cameroon; Algiers, Algeria; and Dakar, Senegal. Almost half the cities in the survey saw their ratings improve over the past year.



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