The World’s 10 Best Cities to Live in!

October 13, 2019

Looking for the best city to live abroad or retire? According to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking of the best livable city of the year, the world’s most livable city is again Vienna, Austria.

The other 10 of the top 10 are similar to the past few years. The Economist’s score is based on a weighted, comprehensive calculation that includes stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Here are the top ten cities, or the “most livable cities” in the world.

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Best Living City in 2019
Vienna, Austria
Melbourne, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Osaka, Japan
Calgary, Canada
Canada Vancouver
Canada Toronto
Tokyo, Japan
Copenhagen, Denmark
Adelaide, Australia
All 10 scores ranged from 99.1 to 96.6 (based on 100), which means that the difference between them is actually small. Given the importance of factors at the national and local levels, it is not surprising that all of the top ten cities are located in five highly developed democracies. Europe also performed well, although only Copenhagen topped the list, but Zurich, Frankfurt, Geneva, Helsinki and Hamburg followed closely into the top ten.

Of the six scoring categories, only three contributed significantly to the visitor experience: stability, culture and environment, and infrastructure. I only performed a quick recalculation of these three categories, with only minor changes: Vienna ranked first, Adelaide was at the end, and only minor positions changed.

You can see the current headlines by looking at the top 10 cities (or least liveable cities). The least liveable city is Damascus in Syria, followed by Lagos in Nigeria; Dhaka in Bangladesh; Tripoli in Libya; Karachi, Pakistan, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Harare in Zimbabwe; Douala in Cameroon; Algiers, Algeria; and Caracas, Venezuela.

Anyone who checks the detailed category may question certain scores. For example, how can Adelaide surpass Vienna in terms of “culture and environment”? But obviously, the top ten are good places for tourists and residents, making it the best city to live in.

However, the most appealing part of the summary report is not the close score at the top, or even the top members. More noteworthy for travellers, some of the world’s top tourist cities (such as London, New York, Paris, Rome and San Francisco) have not been promoted.