Now you could say I’m biased (and I am) but it’s been named the world’s most liveable city for the sixth year in a row by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability survey of 140 cities.
Melbourne received an overall score of 97.5 out of 100, scoring a perfect rating for healthcare, education and infrastructure.
The survey rated cities out of 100 in the areas of healthcare, education, stability, culture and environment and infrastructure.
Adelaide and Perth also made it to the top 10 of the list, with ratings of 96.6 and 95.9 respectively.
Sydney, for example, has fallen by four places, to move out of the ten most liveable cities, owing to a heightened perceived threat of terrorism.
However, no matter what the survey results, the arguments stay the same:
Melbourne has the cafes, restaurants and the lifestyle, Sydney has the beaches and the weather, and Perth is 4,000 kilometres away from people who never stop saying how great Melbourne and Sydney are.
Terrorism is on the rise
The report explained that:
Violent acts of terrorism have been reported in many countries, including Turkey, Australia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, France, Belgium and the US.
This has been a year undoubtedly marked by terrorism.
While not a new phenomenon, its frequency and spread have increased noticeably and become even more prominent in the past year.
Terrorism has also been compounded by unrest and, in more extreme cases, civil war in some countries.
Libya, Syria, Iraq and Ukraine remain the subject of high-profile armed conflicts, while a number of other countries, such as Nigeria, continue to battle insurgent groups.
Meanwhile even relatively stable countries such as the US have seen mounting civil unrest linked to the Black Lives Matter movement, which has scrutinised the large number of deaths of black people while in police custody.
Russia’s own posturing in Ukraine and the Middle East has been well reported, but China has also been diplomatically more aggressive in the South China Sea, and tensions remain between India and Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region.
As a result, it is not surprising that declining stability scores have been felt around the world.
However, those cities moving up the ranking are located largely in countries that have enjoyed periods of relative stability after previously reported falls in liveability.
Despite continuing to rank in the lower tiers of liveability, Middle Eastern cities, such as Tehran in Iran and Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia, as well as the South-east Asian city of Bangkok in Thailand, have seen scores improve as civil stability has recovered.
In total, there are just six cities with improved scores over the past 12 months.