For the second consecutive year, Vienna tops the list as the most liveable city in the world. This is according to Economist Intelligence Unit of the Economist Group.Vienna has once again emerged as the best pushing Melbourne to second position. Melbourne had held the top place for seven years until it was replaced by Vienna in 2018. Sydney, Osaka and Calgary followed Melbourne in the list.
The rating of the 140 world cities is done out of a score of 100 on various important factors such as crime, transport infrastructure, living standards, access to education, healthcare, etc. Admirably Vienna scored 99.1 out of 100. It is known for its public transport facilities and refreshing Alpine water.
Western Europe and North America continue to be the most liveable regions of the world. India has plunged six ranks to 118 mainly owing to 'poor air quality, undesirable average temperatures and inadequate water provision.
For the first time the index took note of climate change on liveability. Agatha Demarais of the EUI said, 'We expect problems relating to climate change to put increasing pressure on the liveability scores in the coming years and for the number of cities affected to grow."
London ranks 48th and New York 58th in the list.