Melbourne loses title as world’s most liveable city in annual Economist study

Melbourne has slipped to second place in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index, after a record seven years at the top of the annual table ranking global cities.

The Victorian capital has finally been dislodged by Vienna in the 2018 study, after the latter scored 99.1 on the index compared to Melbourne’s 98.4, with a downgraded threat of militant attacks in Europe as well as a low crime rate enough to nudge Austria’s capital into first place.

“Although both Melbourne and Vienna have registered improvements in liveability over the last six months, increases in Vienna’s ratings, particularly in the stability category, have been enough for the city to overtake Melbourne,” said the report.

The index compares 140 urban centres, ranking them across five categories — infrastructure, stability, education, healthcare and culture and environment.

Despite being knocked off its perch, Melbourne achieved its best score in eight years. Last year, the city scored 97.5 on the index.

Meanwhile Sydney jumped six places to fifth in the chart, but Perth tumbled by seven places to rank as the 14th most liveable city in the world.