Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Melbourne loses status as world’s most liveable city

Melbourne loses status as world’s most liveable city
August 14, 2018

Melbourne’s record-breaking seven years as the world’s most liveable city - as measured by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Global Liveability Index - has come to an end this year with the city losing its status to the Austrian capital of Vienna, which edged ahead of the Victorian by 0.7 of a percentage point.

While Melbourne achieved with a higher overall rating in 2018 when compared to last year - scoring maximum points in healthcare, education and infrastructure and gaining points in culture and environment - Vienna leapfrogged Melbourne into the number one spot.

Commenting on the assessment, City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp stated “I’m delighted that Melbourne has improved its liveability ranking.”

The Lord Mayor said that the Austrian city’s ascension to number one was a chance to reflect on what makes Melbourne liveable, adding “our competitive spirit means we want to get back to the top. To do this we’ll need to keep investing in our city and throwing up bold ideas to meet the challenges of the future.”

The report, released today, found that Melbourne achieved the second highest score of 98.4 out of 100.

Australia had two other cities in the top 10, with Sydney ranked fifth and Adelaide tenth.

The EIU Liveability Index is the world’s most widely accepted ranking of liveability, comparing 140 of the world’s major cities.

Vienna’s relatively low population of 1.8 million was a factor in its liveability with the EIU report highlighting that cities with higher populations face greater challenges. The population of greater Melbourne is 4.6 million.

Writing in The Age, economist Daniel Terrill, from Deloitte Access Economics, called Melbourne’s loss of status as a “wake up call” advising “we’re the fastest growing city in the country that, within a decade, will also become the biggest city in the country.

“This brings great opportunity if we’re clever but, if we’re not, it threatens our liveability.”

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 10 top ranked cities in order:

1. Vienna, Austria
2. Melbourne
3. Osaka, Japan
4. Calgary, Canada
5. Sydney
6. Vancouver, Canada
7. Toronto, Canada
8. Tokyo, Japan
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
10. Adelaide

Image: Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance.

Related Articles

16th August 2017 - Melbourne retains World’s ‘most liveable city’ status

5th May 2017 - Behind the scenes in transforming the ‘most liveable’ city to the ‘most visitable’

18th August 2016 - Melbourne maintains status as ‘World’s Most Liveable City’

31st August 2015 - Melbourne wins most liveable city title for the fifth year running

26th August 2014 - Melbourne to offer a packed program of summer events

18th August 2012 - Australia: home to the world’s most liveable cities

22nd December 2011 - Auckland ranked world’s third most liveable city

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


AAC ID Solutions is a leading supplier of identification access wristbands, barcoded wristband tickets, lanyards, membership products and RFID solutions for events and venues, working with thousands…

read more

Access / Marketing / Safety / Ticketing


Augmented Creative

Augmented Creative is an open organization of like-minded and highly dedicated, creative people who conceive, plan and execute visual solutions. We pursue new and innovative visual ideas to help…

read more

Arts / Attractions / Consultants / Design / Tourism


Supreme Heating

Supreme Heating is a proud Australian owned company specialising in the latest energy efficient heating solutions. Since 1990, Supreme Heating has designed and installed commercial pool heating…

read more

Aquatics / Environment / Recreation



Lander & Rogers' Sports Business Group is the leading sports law practice in Australia, representing over 150 national and international sporting bodies. Our clients include international…

read more




Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks / Wellness


AIS Water

AIS Water, the trading name of Australian Innovative Systems, is a multi-award winning, Australian owned leader in the design, production and supply of commercial and residential chlorine generators…

read more

Aquatics / Safety / Technology



Clubware’s online gym software is not your run of the mill management system. It has been carefully designed to incorporate all the elements that a fitness club would need. How did we do that?…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Recreation



The Calgym/Synergy group has had a long and proud history since 1976 as world leaders in the innovation, design and evolution of commercial strength and conditioning equipment. The Synergy group was…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business