Brisbane drops out of 10 most liveable cities (even with war in Europe)

Melbourne is the only Australian city to make the top 10 in the latest Global Liveability Index – but it could easily have missed out.

According to the latest index, released today by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Vienna is the most liveable city in the world when factors such as stability, healthcare, education, culture and environment, and infrastructure are considered. It is a position the Austrian capital has held numerous times.

Vienna is again considered the world’s most liveable city.

Vienna is again considered the world’s most liveable city.

In 2021, Queensland’s performance in managing COVID-19 saw Brisbane scrape into 10th place, just behind Melbourne (equal eighth with Singapore), which received a better rating than the Queensland capital for infrastructure but was marked down for healthcare.

While Sydney failed to make the top 10 in 2021, Adelaide leapt to third spot. The New Zealand cities of Auckland (first) and Wellington (fourth) also did well because they had been spared the worst of COVID-19.

But this year, foreign cities have a better grip on the pandemic, and Australia’s best performer on the index is Melbourne, which has ranked equal 10th with Osaka in Japan. Again, a better infrastructure rating helped elevate the Victorian capital, whereas Osaka was considered superior in healthcare.

Brisbane’s time in the sun was brief, with the 2032 Olympic host city slipping to 27th place, passing Sydney (13th) on the way. Adelaide, meanwhile, went from third to 30th place.

Brisbane has slipped out of the top 10 on the Global Liveability Index.

Brisbane has slipped out of the top 10 on the Global Liveability Index.Credit:Rhett Hammerton

The New Zealand cities fell the furthest, with Auckland now ranked 34th and Wellington 50th – below Perth, which is 32nd.

The top Australian cities ranked the same in stability, healthcare, and education, with only culture and environment separating Melbourne (98.6 out of 100) and Sydney (97.2).

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