The Economist Ranking: The Most Livable Cities in the World

What do Melbourne, Vancouver and Hamburg have in common? According to a study by The Economist, they all offer their residents an excellent quality of life.

Hamburg is one of the 10 most livable cities in the world, according to a ranking published by the British magazine The Economist. Melbourne, Australia was at the top of the list. Austria’s capital, Vienna, and the Canadian city of Vancouver took second and third places.

As a means of determining quality of life, the scientists of the magazine’s “Intelligence Unit” examined 140 cities. They evaluated them based on 30 categories including health care, culture, education, and infrastructure.

In the past 12 months, Hamburg climbed to 10th place in the ranking and pushed the Australian city of Sydney into 11th place. 

World’s 10 Most Livable Cities

Rank*CityCountry
1MelbourneAustralia
2ViennaAustria
3VancouverCanada
4TorontoCanada
5CalgaryCanada
6AdelaideAustralia
7PerthAustralia
8AucklandNew Zealand
9HelsinkiFinland
10HamburgGermany

Source: The Economist