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The Economist V Monocle
The Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) most recent liveability ranking shows cities in Australia, Canada, Austria, Finland and New Zealand as the ideal destinations, thanks to a widespread availability of goods and services, low personal risk, and an effective infrastructure.
It does not take into account the cost of living as a factor in 'liveability'. The Economist Intelligence Unit has been criticised by the New York Timesfor being overly anglocentric, stating that "The Economist clearly equates livability with speaking English." The August 2014 report placed Melbourne, Australia as the most liveable city in the world, with Vienna, Austria taking second place,
Since 2006, the lifestyle magazine Monoclehas published an annual list of liveable cities. The list in 2008 was named "The Most Liveable Cities Index" and presented 25 top locations for quality of life.
Important criteria in this survey are safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transportation, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro-active policy developments and medical care.
Australia’s fastest-growing city, Melbourne, has again been recognised as the best city in the world to live, topping the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) 2014 Global Liveability Index for the fourth year in a row.
The EIU’s 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.
Ranked first, Melbourne scored a perfect 100 in healthcare, education and infrastructure and within the culture and environment basket, a perfect 100 on sport.
Vienna and Vancouver have again been ranked second and third.
This news comes only weeks after Melbourne, Tokyo and Copenhagen topped culture and lifestyle magazine Monocle’s Quality of Life Survey 2014. As Monocle put it "Finding the measure of a city is as much about the intangibles that light up a community as the infrastructure keeping it going." It also takes into consideration the more subjective appeal of the places it lists, such as overall aesthetics and convenience of services.
(Important criteria in this survey are safety/crime, international connectivity, climate/sunshine, quality of architecture, public transportation, tolerance, environmental issues and access to nature, urban design, business conditions, pro-active policy developments and medical care)
The Victorian state capital offered an enviable lifestyle, underpinned by resilient economic credentials, world class infrastructure, excellent health and education systems and progressive business regulation.
With Melbourne set to become Australia’s largest city as early as 2030, the Victorian Government is investing in key infrastructure, from road and rail projects to hospitals and schools, to ensure our state remains the best possible place to live, work and do business.
The State Government of Victoria continues to work closely with Australian and international businesses to facilitate new investments that the new create jobs and build an even better, more prosperous State.
Melbourne’s much vaunted liveablity was largely due to consistent investment in infrastructure. Over the past decade, Government investment in infrastructure has doubled, with investment in roads, public transport, health, schools and other infrastructure over 2014-2015 estimated at A$7.5 billion.
The Premier of Victoria, Dr Denis Napthine, recently announced a A$24 billion record investment in transport infrastructure in the 2014-15 Victorian State Budget to further improve connectivity in the State.
Lilian Jiang, State Manager (Victoria) at Bank of China Limited Australia said Melbourne provided expatriates with a highly enjoyable lifestyle.
“Central Melbourne is small enough to allow me to walk to most business meetings, yet big enough to accommodate so many parks, museums and historical architecture,” Ms Jiang said.
“My family loves our regular weekend trips to nearby beaches, vineyards and mountains, which are all within an hour’s driving distance. Melbourne is truly my home away from home.”