There’s a brand new city atop the “World’s Most Liveable City” rankings. Melbourne and Vienna have been vying for the top spot for years, with Melbourne prevailing for the past seven years in a row. But now, a decrease in militant attacks in western Europe coupled with the city’s low crime rate has vaulted Vienna past Melbourne into first place. Although Vienna has regularly occupied the top spot on other quality of life surveys, this is the first time it’s topped the prestigious Economist Intelligence Unit’s list.
In a statement, EIU explained the cause of this year’s upset: “While in the past couple of years cities in Europe were affected by the spreading perceived threat of terrorism in the reason, which caused heightened security measures, the past year has seen a return to normalcy.”
Both Vienna and Melbourne scored maximum points in healthcare, education, and infrastructure, but Vienna’s much-improved stability ranking put it over the top. Other countries in the top five include Osaka, Calgary, and Sydney, indicating a trend favoring medium-sized cities in wealthy countries.
Equally intriguing for some — though probably not for the loser itself — is the city that came in last place. This year that was Damascus, Syria, followed closely by Dhaka in Bangladesh and Lagos in Nigeria.
Vienna can’t become complacent, however, because you can bet Melbourne is itching to reclaim its title in 2019.
H/T: The Guardian