Perth Makes Top 10 Most Liveable Cities In The World

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West is best as Perth beats out Melbourne and Sydney in this year’s rankings.

It’s more bad news for Melbourne with the latest ‘Most Liveable Cities In The World’ results released. Melbournians may have a chip on their shoulders after seeing this year’s ranking of most liveable city, with Perth proving itself superior. 

The 2021 Economist Intelligence Unit’s survey named Auckland the most liveable city in the world, meaning our cousins across the ditch are doing pretty well for themselves by replacing Melbourne for the coveted title. 

Melbourne in the meantime has dropped seven places, and is now only the eighth most liveable city.


So where did Perth rank?

Perth on the other hand came in sixth, beating out Zurich and Geneva. 

It came in behind Adelaide, which placed third… Perhaps there needs to be a slight recount there.

Sydney on the other hand didn’t even get into the top ten, and dropped to the 11th most liveable city.

“Six of the top ten cities in the March 2021 survey are in New Zealand or Australia, where tight border controls have allowed residents to live relatively normal lives,” the EIU said.


“Many European and Canadian cities have fallen down the rankings, having battled a second COVID-19 wave by restricting cultural and sporting events, and closing schools and restaurants.”

The survey found the average liveability score worldwide fell by seven points compared to scores pre-COVID.

Top ten most liveable cities in the world

  1. Auckland, New Zealand
  2. Osaka, Japan
  3. Adelaide, Australia
  4. Wellington, New Zealand
  5. Tokyo, Japan
  6. Perth, Australia
  7. Zurich, Switzerland
  8. Geneva, Switzerland
  9. Melbourne, Australia
  10. Brisbane, Australia

Top ten least liveable cities in the world

  1. Caracas, Venezuela
  2. Douala, Cameroon
  3. Harare, Zimbabwe
  4. Karachi, Pakistan
  5. Tripoli, Libya
  6. Algiers, Algeria
  7. Dhaka, Bangladesh
  8. Port Moresby, PNG
  9. Lagos, Nigeria
  10. Damascus, Syria

Watch: The Global Liveability Index 2021: How the Covid-19 pandemic affected liveability worldwide

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