Tuesday, February 16, 2010

2010 World's Most Livable Cities According to the Economist

The Economist's Economist Intelligence Unit has released it's liveability rankings, which tries to quantify "the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide." "Each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure...whereas 1 is considered intolerable and 100 is considered ideal."

Cities in Canada and Australia are most liveable in the world, and Vancouver remains the world's most liveable city with a score of 98.0 out of 100.

Top 10 cities
1. Canada, Vancouver: 98.0
2. Austria, Vienna: 97.9
3. Australia, Melbourne: 97.5
4. Canada, Toronto: 97.2
5. Canada, Calgary: 96.6
6. Finland, Helsinki: 96.2
7. Australia, Sydney: 96.1
8. Australia, Perth: 95.9
8. Australia, Adelaide: 95.9
10. New Zealand, Auckland: 95.7

Bottom 10 cities
130. Senegal, Dakar: 48.3
131. Iran, Tehran: 48.3
132. Sri Lanka, Colombo: 47.3
133. Nepal, Kathmandu: 47.1
134. Cameroon, Douala: 43.3
135. Pakistan, Karachi: 40.9
136. Nigeria, Lagos: 39.0
137. Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby: 38.9
138. Algeria, Algiers: 38.7
138. Bangladesh, Dhaka: 38.7
140. Zimbabwe, Harare: 37.5

New Delhi was ranked 113th and Mumbai 117th.

These rankings are created for employers that assign hardship allowances as part of expatriate relocation packages, similar to:

Mercer's annual Worldwide Quality of Living survey
ECA International's Most Expensive Places in World for Expats report
both published typically in the summer.

Now the questions is, which is worst to live in a bottom ranked city in this survey or a city that wasn't even ranked? I will go with "ignorance is bliss."

1 comment:

Elliott Broidy said...

They are all stunning places to live