Melbourne Loses Title As World’s Most Liveable City

Melbourne has been pipped by Vienna in the global liveability rankings after seven years at the top of the list.

Australia No Longer Home To The World's Most-Liveable City

The Austrian capital has been nipping at Melbourne’s heels for years but its new found supremacy has more to do with improving security in Europe than a Melbournian decline.

The annual survey of 140 countries, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, ranks countries according to factors such as safety, infrastructure, education, corruption and climate.

It’s the first time a European city has topped the list, and resulted largely from a reduction in the risk of terrorism on the continent.

A surprising surge by Sydney saw the Harbour City jump to fifth place on the list after missing the top ten in 2017.

Adelaide is the only other Australian city to make the liveability top ten, scoring maximum points for education and healthcare.

The ten most liveable cities in 2018

1. Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria. Image: Getty Images.

2. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia. Image: Getty Images,

3. Osaka, Japan

Osaka, Japan. Image: Getty Images.

4. Calgary, Canada

Calgary, Canada. Image: Getty Images.

5. Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia. Image: Getty Images.

6. Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver, Canada. Image: Getty Images.

7. Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan. Image: Getty Images.

8. Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada. Image: Getty Images.

9. Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark. Image: Getty Images.

10. Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide, Australia. Image: Getty Images.

At the bottom of the list, Damascus, the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, and Lagos in Nigeria ranked as the world’s least liveable city.