The world’s most liveable city
But don’t take our word for it. In 2015, Melbourne was once again ranked the world’s most liveable city—an accolade we’ve received five years running. The ranking is produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) 2015 Global Liveability Index—a survey that assesses living conditions in 140 cities globally. While this is our fifth time at the top of the table, we’re proud to have consistently ranked as one of the world’s three most liveable cities since the index began in 2006.
We owe our consistent ranking to our consistent performance across five broad categories. In 2015 we achieved perfect scores in healthcare, education and infrastructure and outranked Sydney in the areas of stability, culture and environment.
It’s accolades like this that make Melbourne’s lifestyle an easy sell when recruiting and retaining talented professionals. Australia is ranked by expats in the top 10 places to live, where the cost of living, taxes, quality of healthcare and personal safety are measured.
Victorians are a group of healthy and active citizens, but when our health deteriorates, we’re lucky to have one of the strongest healthcare systems in the world. In the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Ranking, Melbourne has attained a perfect score for healthcare every year for the past five years to 2015. We have a very high standard and quality of healthcare in both public and private hospital systems, as well as community health services, ambulance and dental services.
Melbourne is also home to clean green parks and fresh air. In the middle of our bustling city, take the opportunity to calm and restore yourself with our majestic age-old trees, manicured lawns and abundant wildlife. Wander the tree-lined pathways through the Treasury and Fitzroy gardens, the sculptured terraces of Birrarung Marr, or the Royal Botanic Gardens with its masterfully designed landscape of ornamental lawns, gently weaving paths and venerable old trees.
Our enviable lifestyle may go some way to explaining why we’re home to the most educated people in Australia. Over half of all Victorians aged 15-64 hold some form of post-secondary qualification, while over one quarter have a university degree.
Melbourne is home to some of the best schools and universities in the world. With 10 world-class universities, Melbourne is also home to the highest ranked university in Australia and the third highest in Asia Pacific.
There are over 2,500 schools in Victoria and over 1,300 schools in Melbourne. The majority of Victorian and Melbourne schools are co-educational, with a small number of Victorian or Melbourne schools either being single-sexed schools.
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