Melbourne has made it three straight years to be named the most liveable city in the world as revealed by the 2013 Global Liveability Survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Melbourne has beaten 139 other cities around the world covered in the Global Liveability Survey to rank the first position for the third time since 2011 with a score of 97.5, closely followed by the Austrian capital, Vienna. Vancouver, which dominated the index for almost a decade until 2011, holds the third position.
Australian cities have secured four of the top ten rankings for the world's most liveable cities, with Adelaide, Sydney and Perth ranking fifth, seventh and ninth respectively, highlighting some of the best cities to live in Australia. Three Canadian cities including Vancouver (3rd), Toronto (4th) and Calgary (5th) have also been ranked in the top ten.
The annual EIU survey takes many aspects of living into account to assess the city's liveability. It scores cities on political and social stability, crime rates and access to quality health care, as well as the diversity and standard of cultural events, the natural environment, education, and the standard of infrastructure, including public transport.
According to the 2013 EIU's report, Melbourne was given perfect scores for health care, education and infrastructure. The top places are said to be "mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a relatively low population density."