Adelaide, sweet Adelaide. Over a million of us can keep our bragging rights as the city has been ranked the tenth most livable city for a second year in a row by The Economist’s Global Livability Index.
Receiving an overall score of 96.6 out of a possible 100 – it’s clear the capital is holding its ground in comparison to the rest of the world. The city got flawless scores in education and healthcare, even if the waiting times at the Royal Adelaide Hospital might not feel so flawless.
Competition for the top spot is based on incredibly small margins. Vienna stole the limelight from Melbourne and remains ranked number one since last year with a o.7% advantage. Sydney rose up two spots, taking third and closing in on Melbourne with only a difference of 1.4% in the culture and environment category. The report outlines the jump is due to an increased effort to mitigate and combat climate change.
Many Aussies are still concerned about the environment. Adelaide’s City Council announced goals this year to eventually become one of the world’s first carbon neutral cities.
Three cities from Canada and two from Japan filled in the rest of positions. Denmark’s Copenhagen was the only other European city to be featured alongside Vienna.
Cities are assessed based on five broad factors: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
The top ten are as follows:
- Vienna, Austria
- Melbourne, Australia
- Sydney, Australia
- Osaka, Japan
- Calgary, Canada
- Vancouver, Canada
- Toronto, Canada
- Tokyo, Japan
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Adelaide, Australia