14/08/2018 - 15:21

Perth slips in liveability rankings

14/08/2018 - 15:21

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Perth has dropped out of the top 10 in a world liveability index compiled by The Economist, after falling seven places in 2018.

Despite the fall, The Economist said Perth’s overall score had not dropped. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Perth has dropped out of the top 10 in a world liveability index compiled by The Economist, after falling seven places in 2018.

The global liveability index ranks cities across the world based on a range of factors across five broad categories – stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

After coming in at seventh the previous year, Perth slipped to 14th in 2018.

Despite the fall, The Economist said Perth’s overall score had not dropped, rather other cities had overtaken it.

Melbourne relinquished top spot in the index for the first time in seven years, with Vienna moving into the number one ranking in 2018.

Melbourne’s ranking is 98.4, while Vienna has improved to 99.1.

Sydney climbed six places to fifth, while Adelaide moved in to 10th.

“For the first time in this survey’s history, Austria’s capital, Vienna, ranks as the most liveable of the 140 cities surveyed by The Economist Intelligence Unit,” the report said.

“A long-running contender to the title, Vienna has succeeded in displacing Melbourne from the top spot, ending a record seven consecutive years at the head of the survey for the Australian city.

“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.”

At the other end of the scale, Syria’s Damascus was ranked as the least liveable city with a score of 30.7, while Dhaka in Bangladesh (38) and Nigeria’s Lagos (38.5) also scored poorly.

“Damascus has seen a stabilisation in its dramatic decline in liveability but remains ranked at the bottom of the 140 cities surveyed, with a liveability score that is 7.3 per cent lower than the second lowest ranking city in the survey, Dhaka in Bangladesh,” the report said.

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