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Thinking of moving somewhere known for its education and healthcare? What about visiting a place rich in culture and environment? Or perhaps a business trip to a booming economy is what you’re looking for – either way – going to a city high in “livability” is always a good trip, or move. You might be surprised to find the usual suspects, New York or London, not on the list. But the truth is that some of the most livable cities are more mid-sized ones located in more wealthy countries – according to The Economist Intelligence Unit. So without further ado, here are the world’s most livable cities as they rank highest in the categories of infrastructure, education, healthcare, stability, and culture and environment.
Helsinki, with its 630,000 inhabitants, is Finland’s capital, and largest city. It was ranked the most livable city in the world back in 2011 by Monocle magazine. This is because it’s one of the safest cities, along with its great infrastructure, education and healthcare.
Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland is home to a third of New Zealand’s population. It’s an unbelievably modern city mixed with beautiful natural surroundings. It’s mild climate, low unemployment, and advanced education system make Auckland this list’s 9th most livable city.
Nestled away in the west coast of Australia, Perth is a regular on the world’s most livable cities each year. Known for its healthy economy, world-class universities, easily accessible healthcare and transportation system, it’s no wonder it makes the list each year. But if you ask me, it’s its plentiful parks and comfortable climate that make it so very livable.
Ranking 7th on the list, you might be starting to see a theme. Australia is a great place to live. Sydney is a very affluent city, home to more than 250 different spoken languages. But if a mild climate, gorgeous beaches, and hundreds of festivals held each year is your idea of livable, then Sydney is definitely for you.
Canada’s leader in economic expansion, Calgary is proud to own one of the world’s lowest unemployment rates and high GDP per capita. Known for its oil industry, Calgary is also home to a very rich financial and technological industry as well. It’s so livable, and has been for many years, that it was home to the Winter Olympics back in 1988.
Surprise, surprise – another Australian city. Of course, it’s no surprise to us as Adelaide is famous for its many festivals, sporting events, along with delectable food and wine. This capital state of South Australia also boasts beautiful long beachfronts, and historic Victorian parklands, making it one of the most elegant cities on the list.
Ranking 4th on the list, Toronto is number one when it comes to cultural diversity. Nowhere else in the world will you see a wide-range of different cultures living side-by-side in one city. This not only adds to its strong economy and highly developed infrastructure, but also, makes for one of the world’s best places to dine out as the ethnic choices are abundantly plentiful.
Ranked one of the world’s most livable cities for five years in a row, Vancouver is a beautiful place to visit or live. The largest city in British Columbia, Vancouver is the perfect mix of nature and city. If you can just get past the constant rain, you’ll very much enjoy this city’s eco-friendly policies, cultural diversity, and lush mountain tops over looking this gorgeous city.
Vienna is the capital of Austria, and its largest city. Known as the “City of Music”, Vienna was declared to be the most prosperous city in the world by UN habitat back in 2013. While pricey, if you can afford it, Vienna is an amazing city to live.
Well would you look at that, it’s Australia again. It must be something in the air, or water, or, its phenomenal education system, entertainment industry, health care, high level of employment, and tourism that’s the reason this city claims this year’s number one spot. If living the good life sounds good to you, you’ll find nowhere better to live than in Melbourne Australia.