Melburnians are immensely proud of where they live, and they aren’t afraid to let everybody know. After all, Melbourne was named the world’s most liveable city a record breaking seven times in a row (from 2010 to 2017), so it makes sense that residents of the Victorian capital are comfortable with where they stand.
However, the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest global liveability scale has seen the perennial champ dethroned by rival Vienna, with the Austrian city pipping Melbourne by less than a point. Both improved on their 2017 scores but thanks Vienna’s low crime rate, it snuck ahead of what is now referred to as simply Australia’s most liveable city.
However, don’t let this discourage you. There are still plenty of great reasons to live in Melbourne and here are three of those.
While Vienna got the upper hand on Melbourne due to their stellar crime right, the Victorian capital is still a super safe place to live. Under the ‘Stability’ category (which incorporates prevalence of petty crime, prevalence of violent crime, threat of terror, threat of military conflict and threat of civil unrest/conflict), Melbourne recorded a score of 95.0. For context, the world’s least most liveable city (Damascus in Syria) scored 30.7.
It’s seems hard to fathom Melbourne fell short of first spot when you consider it nailed perfect scores in three categories, coming in at 100.0 for Healthcare, Education and Infrastructure. In fact, Melbourne’s worst performed area was stability with a measly 95.0 – we can live with that!
You don’t need to take our word for it – Melbourne received a perfect score for education after all. Whether you’re interested in tackling a university degree or taking on a VET course, you can do it all with great support services and outstanding resources.