- World's Most Livable Cities
The World's Most Livable Cities is an informal name given to any
list of citiesas they rank on a reputable annual survey of living conditions. The two best-known are the Mercer Quality of Living Survey and The Economist's World's Most Livable Cities. Another is the [http://www.livcomawards.com LivCom-Award] , which separates cities in categories by population. This survey is supported by the UN.
Quality of Life Survey
Mercer's Quality of Life Survey is released annually, comparing 215 cities based on 39 criteria. New York is given a score of 100 and other cities are rated in comparison.
Important criteria are
safety, education, hygiene, recreation, political-economic stabilityand public transportation. The importance of the list lies primarily in that internationally operating companies use it to determine where they will open offices or plants and how much they pay the employees.
In the 2008 list, the top is dominated by cities from
Europe, with several entries from Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Switzerland and Germany both have 3 cities in the top 10, which is especially striking for Switzerland, given the size of the country. The first entries from other countries are the USA at 28, Singapore at 32 and Japan at 35. In the top 50, there are no other countries listed. Bagdadwas at the bottom of the list. Of the 25 countries at the bottom, 18 are from Africa. Compared to lists from previous years, countries from South Asia(mainly India), East Asia(mainly China), the Middle Eastand Eastern Europeare clearly on the rise.
Mercer also has a 'Personal Safety' list, which is also dominated by EU and Swiss cities, with the top 5 being Luxembourg,
Bern, Geneva, Helsinkiand Zurich.
In the 2007 Mercer Quality of Life Survey the top five places included
Zurichon 108.1 points, Geneva(108.0), Vancouverand Viennaon 107.7 points, Aucklandon 107.3 and Dusseldorfon 107.2. Cities particularly from Switzerland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Canada rated well. All of Australia's major capitals were rated highly with Sydneyat 9, Melbourneat 17, Perth at 21, Adelaideat 30 and Brisbaneat 31. New Zealand's capital Wellingtonranked at 12 and it's largest city Aucklandranked at 5. Canada did equally as well with Vancouverat 3, Toronto at 15, Ottawaat 18, Montreal22 and Calgaryat 24. at The top-rated USA cities were Honoluluat 27 and San Franciscoat 29.
World's Most Livable Cities
The Economist Intelligence Unit's livability shows cities in Canada, Australia, Austria and Switzerland as the most ideal destinations thanks to a widespread availability of goods and services, low personal risk and an effective infrastructure. The report placed
Vancouver, Canadaas the most livable city in the world, with Melbourne, Australiataking second place followed by Vienna. The survey said "In the current global political climate, it is no surprise that the most desirable destinations are those with a lower perceived threat of terrorism." [ [http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/10/04/eui.survey/ CNN.com - Vancouver is 'best city to live' - Oct 4, 2005 ] ]
Australia's other major cities (Perth at 4,
Adelaideat 7 and Sydneyat 9) claimed positions in the top ten. Other Canadiancities also ranked highly in the survey. In addition to Vancouver, the Canadian cities Torontoand Calgarywere all placed within the top 10, with Ottawaand Edmontonranked within the top 25. Vienna, Austria, and Genevaand Zurichin Switzerlandalso ranked within the top ten. Harare, Zimbabwewas rated the worst city in the world to call home. African, South Asian, and Middle Easterncities were generally the worst performing in the EIU's rankings.
Ranally city rating system
* [http://www.mercer.com/qualityofliving Mercer Limited article]
* [http://www.economist.com/markets/rankings/displaystory.cfm?story_id=8908454 Economist's World's Most Livable Cities 2006]
* [http://www.livcomawards.com LivCom-Award]
* [http://www.citymayors.com/features/quality_survey.html 2007 Mercer QOL Survey results]
* [http://www.eiuresources.com/mediadir/default.asp?PR=660001866 Vancouver tops liveability ranking according to a new survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit]
* [http://theage.com.au/articles/2004/02/06/1075854028808.html Melbourne Age article] -
Melbourneranked joint first (with Vancouverin the EIU's 2004 survey, and the 2005 survey).
* [http://www.citymayors.com/environment/eiu_bestcities.html Vancouver Melbourne and Vienna named world's most livable cities] from [http://www.citymayors.com/ CityMayors.com] , regarding October 2005 EIU survey
* [http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/10/04/eui.survey/index.html Vancouver is 'best city to live'] [http://www.cnn.com/ CNN.com]
October 5 2005
* [http://www.citymayors.com/features/quality_survey.html City Mayors: Swiss cities are best, Luxembourg is safest]
* [http://www.citymayors.com/environment/eiu_bestcities.html City Mayors: Vancouver, Melbourne, Vienna named best cities]
* [http://www.eiu.com/ Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)]
* [http://moving.about.com/od/whymove/a/best_places.htm] on About:moving "Want to Move? Find the Best Places to Live"
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