Melbourne comes in at 17th most livable city

So, we have been slipping down the ranking since 1991, when Melbourne was ranked the world’s most livable city. What happened?

Well, the Mercer Worldwide Quality of Living Index uses 39 different criteria which includes social, political, transport, economic, personal safety, health and education factors to determine the ranking.

Using just the personal safety criteria, Melbourne ranked 29th, equal ranking with both Sydney and Perth. The Overall index had Sydney at 10th, while Perth is ranked at 21st. Zurich is still the World’s most livable city, since 2007.

Considering the state government has to initiate a 2 am lockout, extra policing for the city due to increased violence, it doesn’t surprised me if Melbourne was ranked much lower. In the Asia Pacific region, Singapore (surprise surprise!) ranked first for personal safety.

Melbourne did not do well in the transport criteria as well. Not surprised, considering we all travel as cattle on the public trains. What say you that Melbourne falls even further down the ranking next year?

Who thinks this will motivate the Government to do something to improve Melbourne’s ranking? Or maybe that is just a dream …

News Link
Herald Sun’s “Mercer Worldwide Index

2 Comments so far

  1. Darren (darrenliz) on June 12th, 2008 @ 7:30 am

    Doesn’t surprise me. Melbourne had shifted back into a ‘developing’ state around the mid-90s though, so rankings might improve eventually. (‘Developing’ or redeveloping cities that face dense infrastructure reconstruction or heavy immigration – and are unable to support the increased traffic efficiently – tend to see their QoL standards lower.)

    Regarding personal safety – considering Melbourne’s recent history of shootings/violence that managed to hold some international attention (eg. Williams St. shooting, anyone?), and the Indian media’s focus on Melbourne’s racism, I’d say it doesn’t surprise me either.

  2. adrock2xander (mel_john) on June 12th, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

    Yeah SGP’s safe but at what price? Give me a less-safe city that allows more freedom of speech and rights over SGP anyday.

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