Melbourne once again ranked most liveable city in the world (Issue 7, 2013)

MelbourneMelbourne has beat Vienna to claim the Global Liveability Survey title of the best city in the world to live in for the second year running.

Melbourne continues to thrive in terms of liveability – not only do we benefit from the natural advantages of low population density, but we have continued to improve with some high profile infrastructure investments.

La Trobe University’s main campus is situated in Melbourne, only 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) from the CBD. In 2012, Melbourne was also ranked fourth in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, demonstrating that Melbourne is one of the best places to live and study in the world.

The global liveability survey is an annual list compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), initially as a test of whether human resource departments needed to pay a hardship allowance in expatriate relocation packages.

Out of the 140 cities surveyed around the world, Melbourne's score of 97.5 per cent is close to perfect – only losing points in minor areas.

Each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories:

  • stability
  • healthcare
  • culture and environment
  • education
  • infrastructure

The categories are compiled and weighted to provide an overall rating of 1-100, where 1 is considered intolerable and 100 is considered ideal. Visit the EIU’s website for more information.

Melbourne is Australia’s premier multicultural city. The growing population of almost 4.2 million people come from as many as 153 different countries. This cultural diversity delivers a wide range of food, restaurants, cafes and festivals throughout the city and regional areas of Victoria. To find out more about life in Australia and Melbourne, visit the La Trobe International website.