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In Pictures: World’s Most Livable Cities

Because Kipp’s always sure the grass is greener, we take a look at the 10 ‘most livable’ cities in the world. In case you’re wondering: We aren’t living in one of them.

February 23, 2011 7:43 by

  • The list is out. Which list you ask? The most liveable cities in the world, of course. Every year the Economist Intelligence Unit rates each city in five areas – stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. From this it comes out with a list that generally upsets everyone (no one wants to find they’re living in a bad city).

    So, what is the key to getting a high rating? “Mid-sized cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to score well by having all the cultural and infrastructural benefits on offer with fewer problems related to crime or congestion," says Jon Copestake, editor of the report.

    What cities made it to the top 10? Click next to find out. Oh and, just a heads up: none of the GCC cities managed to factor in the list.

  • Apparently Auckland is known as the "City of Sails" because it is the one city that has more yachts per capita than any other city in the world, with around 135,000 yachts and launches. Around 60,500 of the New Zealand’s 149,900 registered yachtsmen come from the Auckland Region.

  • Known as "The City of Churches" Adelaide has an estimated population of more than 1.28 million. The city is celebrated for its many music and arts festivals and long beachfronts, and its large defence and manufacturing sectors.

  • Celebs from Perth include: Tim Minchin, Heath Ledger, Judy Davis, Melissa George, Jessica Gomes, Rove McManus, Russell Napier, Alan Seymour, Sam Worthington, Isla Fisher, Gerard Kennedy, Terry Willesee, Mike Willesee, Roland Rocchiccioli, Liz Harris, Sandra Harris, Simon Reeve, Kevin Sanders, Lisa McCune, Jennifer Hagan. (Yes, we didn’t know too many either).

  • Apparently Sydney has been responsible for generating 25 percent of the country's total GDP ever since the 1980's. The various economic sectors active in Sydney include property and business services, retail, manufacturing, and health and community services.

  • Did you know that Helsinki is the 2012 World Design Capital, in recognition of the use of design as an effective tool for social, cultural and economic development in the city? No, we didn’t either.

  • With a range of mountains near the city, Calagry is known for hosting winter sports and ecotourism. But the petroleum industry, agriculture, tourism and high-tech industries are the main sources of economic activity.

  • Toronto is home to a good number of reputed universities, the University of Toronto is just one of them. Also the city has the 22nd largest gross domestic product in the world. Yes, we’re great fun at dinner parties.

  • Beautiful Vienna is one of the main cities of Austria. With a population of about 1.7 million, it is also known as Austria's cultural, economic, and political centre.

  • According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Melbourne sustained the highest population increase and economic growth rate of any Australian capital city for three years straight in the early 2000’s. But it’s still a great place to live, apparently.

  • And the number 1 spot goes to Vancouver. It should come as no surprise to those who have been following this list for the last couple of years. After all Vancouver has made it to the top of this list for five years straight. Vancouver got a 100/100 ranking for its health care services, education system and for its culture and environment rating. In addition, Vancouver did score  95/100 stability ranking (although the city's crime rate is on the rise).


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