By Sunny Liu
Melbourne has been ranked as the world’s most liveable city by The Economist for the sixth year in a row.
The Economist ranks cities around the world every year based on 30 factors, including safety, health care, educational resources, infrastructure and environment.
Melbourne scored 97.5 out of 100 in liveability, with near perfect scores in infrastructure, healthcare and education.
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the ranking was a “fantastic accolade” for Melbourne.
“It’s an exciting time in Melbourne. We’ve got many major infrastructure projects underway including the Metro Tunnel and the proposed new renewal of the Queen Victoria Market,” Mr Doyle said.
Laura Cavallo, CEO of Destination Melbourne, applauded the city’s achievement.
“It’s gold for Melbourne to continue to be the world’s most liveable city,” she said. “Everyone that comes here just likes how our city’s so friendly and safe.”
As Melburnians are celebrating another year living in the most liveable city, Sydney has fallen from seventh place in 2015 to the 11th this year.
“We offer a depth of opportunities and experiences that maybe Sydney does not,” Ms Cavallo said.
While Melbourne has maintained its overall liveability scores, the overall liveability of the 140 cities assessed has dropped by 1 per cent.
Terrorism and conflicts in countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine have been blamed for the drop.