Melbourne has retained its place as one of the most livable cities in the world – but fair – as other Australian capitals fall out of the global top 10.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2022 survey, released on Thursday, places Melbourne 10th on the list (tied with Osaka) and leads the way for Australia.
The European cities of Vienna, Copenhagen and Zurich occupy the first three places.
Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth all made the top 10 in 2021 but fell to 27th, 30th and 32nd respectively.
The index cited a slow lifting of COVID-19 restrictions as the reason these state capitals lost ground.
The top 10 cities were among those with few COVID-19 restrictions, the report notes, with shops, schools and restaurants reopening and pandemic-related hospitalizations declining.
“Cities that topped our rankings before the pandemic rebounded thanks to their stability, good infrastructure and services, and enjoyable leisure activities,” the report said.
The 2022 list had Damascus, Lagos and Tripoli as the three least liveable cities in the world.
Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, was dropped from the rankings due to the Russian invasion, while the conflict saw Moscow and St. Petersburg drop 13 and 15 places respectively.
Melbourne held the title of world’s most livable city for seven years from 2011 before being overthrown by the Austrian capital Vienna in 2018.
Global Habitability Index 2022
- Osaka and Melbourne