Melbourne, Australia Named World’s Best Place To Live

Melbourne, Australia Named World’s Best Place To Live


The Economist has ranked Melbourne, Australia the most livable city in the world. The publication’s intelligence unit ranked 140 cities in its livability ranking and overview. To determine cities’ rankings, it assigns ratings to 30 different indicators in five categories, including stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. With a score of 97.5 out of a possible 100, Melbourne received perfect scores for education, healthcare and infrastructure and only missed marks for climate, petty crime and culture.

What makes Melbourne so great? For starters, it’s seated on Australia’s beautiful Yarra River, so it not only has great scenery, but it’s an excellent spot for water sports and boating.
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Melbourne also features cutting-edge architecture, such as the Digital Harbour Port 1010, the Arts Melbourne spire and the Melbourne Recital Center.

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Image via Jason Patrick Ross/Shutterstock

The city is full of parks and gardens, including Royal Park, a public area covering 420 acres.

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Image via Mercantile Cricket Association

Literary culture is alive in Melbourne. Its literary festivals, books stores, publishers and history of award-winning authors make it a UNESCO City of Literature.

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Image via Neale Cousland/Shutterstock

The city also pays homage to its Aboriginal roots through many galleries and museums. Home to many cultures, Melbourne boasts a large indigenous community known as the Kulin Nation.
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Melbourne’s 150-mile tram network, one of the best in the world, makes traveling around the city especially easy.

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Image via Neale Cousland/Shutterstock

The Queen Victoria Market—open in Melbourne since 1878—is one of Australia’s best and biggest open air shopping markets.
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The Crown Casino—with its license for 500 table games and an hourly fire show—helps make Melbourne the largest gambling center in the southern hemisphere.

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Image via Jason Patrick Ross/Shutterstock

Each year Melbourne hosts Big Day Out, one of the largest nationwide music festivals, where a variety of local and well-known international bands perform.

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Image via Neale Cousland/Shutterstock

Sporting enthusiasts can find plenty to entertain in Melbourne, as well. The city hosts the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix each March, as well as the Australian Open, one of four Grand Slam tennis tournaments in the world.

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Melbourne has a pleasantly moderate climate. In the summer temperatures generally reach the upper-70s to low-80s, and in the winter the thermometer rarely drops below 60 degrees.
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10 comments
Bec
Bec

I lived in Sydney and Melbourne. Can't understand how Melbourne ranks above Sydney in any way. Sydney is an incredibly beautiful city with Australia's original white history, aboriginal culture and is so vibrant. 


Plus the beaches (100s of them) are SO much better in every way. And the weather more moderate and not all over the place like Melbourne.

puntomoo
puntomoo

@Bec Sydney, Melbourne. Both great cities and places to live. 

Melbcity
Melbcity

It is a library of mistakes and disasters in planning and urban design.  Its strength is its people. It is the creative intellectual heart of Australia.  The Art Gallery spire was supposed to sheaved in copper. The Museum on the banks of the Yarra and the top end of town Collins Street reminiscent of Parish. Sadly we have pulled down our Victorian heritage. The Royal Exhibition Buildings dome compromised, it should have stood alone in splendor within a park to all to admire.  The Casino was a gamble that did not pay off, located in the wrong side of the river.  Now the Lord Mayor proposes to compromise the Queen Victoria Market by building a two tower blocks and a new road to divide it. This is our heritage our fate of bad design and planning.

StunnedMullet
StunnedMullet

Shame the facts are kinda wrong. It's not even winter here yet and current Melbourne temp is 17 and is forecast to drop to 11.

Samler
Samler

What a shame you can't get any drinkable beer in Austrailia.

mtgre1
mtgre1

The climate is far from moderate, it ranges from 0 to 47 in Celsius and is renowned for its unpredictably. I love the city and its my home town but maybe research a little better.

peteskeet
peteskeet

but it has the highest unemployment figures in australia.....doesn't help if you can't earn a living....

Pat
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Yes, most people who aren't American can find it on the map.

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