Melbourne has been given top spot on the Economist Intelligence Units liveability ranking for the world’s major cities. The EIU ranking measures availability of goods and services, low personal risk and an effective infrastructure. It does not measure the cost of living.
Melbourne came in ahead of Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, and Adelaide. As a matter of interest the world’s least liveable cities were Tripoli in Libya, Lagos in Nigeria, and Port Moresby in PNG.
Wikipedia lists two other liveability ranking surveys. Monocle Magazines “Most Liveable Cities Index” places Melbourne 4th on the world list behind Tokyo, Vienna and Berlin, whilst the US Mercer “Quality of Living Survey” which purports to help multi-national companies decide on locations and pay for employees does not include Melbourne in its top 10.