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World's Most Livable Cities

The world's most livable cities is an informal name given to any Mercer Quality of Living Survey", and Monocle's "Most Livable Cities Index". Liveability rankings are designed for use by employers assigning hardship allowances as part of job relocation. There have been numerous arguments over the expansion of livability rankings for other purposes. However, the annual city rankings attract extensive media coverage, and are a popular topic of discussion.

The EIU's Livability Ranking and Overview

The EIU's Liveability Ranking and Overview August 2013
City Country Overall Rating[1]
1 Melbourne  Australia 98.5
2 Vienna  Austria 97.4
3 Vancouver  Canada 97.3
4 Toronto  Canada 97.2
5 Adelaide  Australia 96.6
6 Calgary  Canada 96.6
7 Sydney  Australia 96.1
8 Helsinki  Finland 96.0
9 Perth  Australia 95.9
10 Auckland  New Zealand 95.7

The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) most recent liveability ranking shows cities in Australia, Canada, Austria, Finland and New Zealand as the ideal destinations, thanks to a widespread availability of goods and services, low personal risk, and an effective infrastructure. It does not take into account the cost of living as a factor in 'liveability.' The Economist Intelligence Unit has been criticised by the New York Times for being overly anglocentric, stating that "The Economist clearly equates livability with speaking English."[2]

The Honolulu at 26. At the bottom end of the scale, the 2013 report lists Damascus (Syria) as worst, followed by Tehran (Iran), Douala (Cameroon), Tripoli (Libya), Karachi (Pakistan), Algiers (Algeria), Harare (Zimbabwe), Lagos (Nigeria), Port Moresby (PNG) and Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Mercer Quality of Living Survey

Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey[5]
City Country
1 Vienna  Austria
2 Zurich   Switzerland
3 Auckland  New Zealand
4 Munich  Germany
5 Vancouver  Canada
6 Düsseldorf  Germany
7 Frankfurt  Germany
8 Geneva   Switzerland
9 Copenhagen  Denmark
10 Bern   Switzerland
Sydney  Australia

American global human resource and related financial services consulting firm Mercer releases annually the Quality of Living Survey, comparing 221 cities based on 39 criteria. New York is given a baseline score of 100 and other cities are rated in comparison. Important criteria are safety, education, hygiene, health care, culture, environment, recreation, political-economic stability and public transportation.

In the 2012 list, US cities at top positions are Honululu at 28 and San Francisco at 29.

The list helps multi-national companies decide where to open offices or plants, and how much to pay employees.

Monocle's Most Livable Cities Index

Monocle's Quality of Life Survey 2013[6]
City Country
1 Copenhagen  Denmark
2 Melbourne  Australia
3 Helsinki  Finland
4 Tokyo  Japan
5 Vienna  Austria
6 Zurich   Switzerland
7 Stockholm  Sweden
8 Munich  Germany
9 Sydney  Australia
10 Auckland  New Zealand

Since 2006, the lifestyle magazine Monocle has published an annual list of livable cities. The list in 2008 was named "The Most Livable Cities Index" and presented 25 top locations for quality of life.

Important criteria in this survey are safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transportation, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro-active policy developments and medical care.

The 2013 ranking continued thus: Hong Kong (11), Fukuoka (12), Kyoto (13), Paris (14), Singapore (15), Hamburg (16), Honolulu (17), Madrid (18), Vancouver (19), Berlin (20), Barcelona (21), Amsterdam (22), Portland (23), San Francisco (24) and Düsseldorf (25).

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