World’s Most Livable Cities

The recent report by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) revealed that Canada and Australia are the world’s most livable countries, as seven of the top ten spots are occupied by their cities.

EIU, part of Economist Group, is a research and advisory company providing country, industry and management analysis worldwide, have come up with new ranking of 2010 which reveals the most livable cities of the world.

Vancouver, the Canadian city, topped the list with the score of 98 out of 100. Vancouver also topped the list in 2008 as well with the score of 98.8 out of 100. The latest survey showed that Vancouver still maintains what is required for city to be called ideal.

Vienna, the capital of Austria came second and Melbourne third. The top ten included three Canadian cities, three Australian ones and four from Europe.
The top ten cities scored more than 95. Among the 140 cities, chosen for the survey from various countries, 64 cities scored more than 80.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s livability rating quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide. Each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories:

  • Stability
  • Healthcare
  • Culture and environment
  • Education
  • Infrastructure

The categories are compiled and weighted to provide an overall rating of 1–100, where 1 is considered intolerable and 100 is considered ideal.
The survey showed that the most ideal and high scoring cities are mostly mid-sized and have low population density.
Pittsburg came up to be the most livable city in United States. It was ranked 29th. Among other famous cities, London made up to position 51 and New York stood at 56th place.
Among the worst cities, Harare, the Zimbabwean capital made it to the top, with the score of 37.5 out of 100. Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, remained 2nd in this list, with 38.7 points. Algiers (Algeria) was also placed 2nd with 38.7 points. Karachi, the biggest city of Pakistan came 5th in the list of worst cities of the world with 40.9 points.

African cities dominated in the list of worst cities.
The table shows the top ten of best and worst cities.

Bottom 10 Cities (the worst ones)
Rank City Country Score
140 Harare Zimbabwe 37.5
138* Algiers Algeria 38.7
138* Dhaka Bangladesh 38.7
137 Port Moresby Papua New Guinea 38.9
136 Lagos Nigeria 39.0
135 Karachi Pakistan 40.9
134 Douala Cameroon 43.3
133 Kathmandu Nepal 47.1
132 Colombo Sri Lanka 47.3
130* Dakar Senegal 48.3
130* Tehran Iran 48.3
Top 10 Cities
Rank City Country Score
1 Vancouver Canada 98.0
2 Vienna Austria 97.9
3 Melbourne Australia 97.5
4 Toronto Canada 97.2
5 Calgary Canada 96.6
6 Helsinki Finland 96.2
7 Sydney Australia 96.1
8* Perth Australia 95.9
8* Adelaide Australia 95.9
10 Auckland New Zealand 95.7

* share the same position


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