JAFAs have a fresh reason to crow, with the latest Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report confirming Auckland as one of the world’s top 10 most liveable cities.
The report puts Auckland as the world’s 10th most liveable city out of the 140 surveyed, a position it has held for the past three years.
Melbourne remains the best city in the world to live in after surpassing Vancouver last year – its score of 97.5 percent just shy of a perfect 100, only losing points for climate, culture and petty crime. (Adelaide and Sydney also made the top 10.) In liveability terms, Vienna in Austria gets the silver medal and Vancouver ranks third.
Dhaka in Bangladesh has the unenviable title of being the least liveable location surveyed.
The EIU Index is based on five categories. In education, Auckland is first equal, in culture and environment third, in stability fourth equal and healthcare 10th. In infrastructure, the only top 10th city that placed worse than Auckland is Toronto.
The EIU index is one of three internationally recognised indices of liveable cities. In the most recent Mercer Quality of Living Index, Auckland climbed from fourth to third position and in theMonocle magazine index of most liveable cities, Auckland leapt from 13th to ninth.
“The survey proves that internationally Auckland is obviously a very attractive city,” said mayor Len Brown. “But objectives like a world-class integrated transport system, a quality inclusive compact city, an economic powerhouse providing jobs for all our people, and protection for our built and natural environment still provide Auckland with lots of challenges on the path to becoming the world’s most liveable city.”
The latest liveability scores follow the release of a parallel EIU report looking for the world's "best cities". Entrants were invited to combine liveability with other factors to come up with rankings of their own.
The winning entry put Hong Kong on top, though it currently occupies 31st place in the current liveability ranking.