Melbourne named worlds most liveable city

Written by FE Online | Mumbai | Updated: Aug 20 2014, 23:26pm hrs
Melbourne, Australia has again been recognised as the best city in the world to live, topping the Economist Intelligence Units (EIU) Global Liveability Index for the fourth consecutive year in a row.

The EIUs Liveability Ranking assesses living conditions in 140 cities across the globe by assigning a rating across five broad categories, including; stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Ongoing investment in Melbournes world-class infrastructure was highlighted in the report for keeping Melbourne at the top of the index where it has finished every year under the Victorian Coalition Government.

Dr Denis Vincent Napthine, premier of Victoria, said, Our low crime rates, great health system, harmonious multicultural community, excellent education system and road and rail network all played a part in our great city taking out this coveted award again. The excellence of our healthcare and education systems has been recognised by astute international judges. The Coalition Government has been proud to support these services through a record level of spending in 2014-15, including AU$14.9 billion for health services and AU$9.2 billion for schools. Melbournes liveablity is largely due to consistent investment in infrastructure, and the Coalition Government is delivering the biggest infrastructure programme ever.

Here are 15 reasons why Melbourne is the worlds undisputed most liveable city:


- Where you need to allocate a good ten minutes for a response to the question where is good to eat

- Is one of the only cities in the world where the tram is a main form of transport, and is also a venue to wine and dine and hear live music.

- Is surrounded by such a diversity of wine regions that all varietals of wine can be made, and most are.

- Is the only city in the world that has five international standard sporting facilities (including four with retractable roofs), and all within walking distance of the city centre.

- Is the only city in the world to hold five renowned international events in the same month: the Melbourne International Food & Wine Festival, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships, and the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

- Is mostly flat and full of parks so you can cycle almost everywhere - better for the environment, better for your health.

- Where half of the population was either born overseas or has a parent who was, which means that there isnt a cuisine you wont find.

- Where when it comes to fashion, black is always the new black.

- Makes you work for your reward. The best cocktail bars, shops, cafes, and galleries are often hidden down a series of laneways behind an unmarked door, in a basement or on a rooftop.

- Has more music venues per capita than Austin, Texas.

- Is home to the most controversial, or the most stunning Architecture feat - Federation Square.

- Excels in reading and cycling - though not necessarily at the same time being the second city in the world to be recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature and the second to be nominated a 'bike city' by the UCI.

- Where art is everywhere you cant go far in the city without stumbling across a gallery, museum, installation or some of the worlds best street art.

- Has a penchant for beards and baristas, especially when one is attached to the other and the quest for the God Shot (the perfect, devine espresso) is a serious pursuit.

- Is home to Australasias best restaurant and the 32nd best in the world Ben Shewrys Attica