The World’s Top 10 Livable Cities and The Least
Overall, the results of a recent study indicate that Canada and Australia are the best countries for quality of life, as both countries scored 3 spots each in the Top 10 list.
Absent from the ranking are cities from the US and Asia.
The survey assesses cities based on 5 broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture, environment and infrastructure.
According to analysts, the Top-ranked cities share a few common denominators.
They tend to be mid-sized cities in wealthier countries, with relatively low population density. They offer a range of recreational activities, low crime levels and smart, stable infrastructure.
The report also points out that while the Top 5 cities remain unchanged, rising global instability caused a reshuffling this year, knocking Sydney out of the Top 10 list due to a heightened perceived threat of terrorism, and pushing Hamburg, Germany up to 10th place.
The number of terrorist attacks last year also caused Paris to experience a sharp decline, while growing unrest linked to the Black Lives Matter movement in the US likewise drove US cities down the list.
At the other end of the spectrum, Damascus, Syria landed at the bottom, followed by Tripoli, Libya, Lagos, Nigeria, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Here are the results, as follows:
The Top 10 most livable cities
1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
6. Adelaide, Australia
7. Perth, Australia
8. Auckland, New Zealand
9. Helsinki, Finland
10. Hamburg, Germany
The Top 10 least livable cities
1. Damascus, Syria
2. Tripoli, Libya
3. Lagos, Nigeria
4. Dhaka, Bangladesh
5. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
6. Algiers, Algeria
7. Karachi, Pakistan
8. Harare, Zimbabwe
9. Douala, Cameroon
10. Kiev, Ukraine
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