A high profile study has declared the city of Melbourne in Australia as the most livable city in the world today. The Economist Intelligence Unit who conducted the study said based on their assessment, Melbourne beat out over 139 other cities around the world. Taking the second place in the annual survey is Vienna, the capital of Austria while perennial front-runner Vancouver, Canada slid to third place this year.
The cities were surveyed based on political and social stability, crime rates, access to quality health care, cultural events, the environment, education and the standard of infrastructure. The researchers said despite the economic crisis which many cities around the world, Melbourne remain an ideal place to live with its lesser crime rate and high quality health care programs. Based on date from the internet, Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia.
As of June 2009, Melbourne has a population of four million. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, was declared least livable city, just ahead of Dhaka in Bangladesh and the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby.