Best city and why

14 Jun

Two cities are ranked in the top 10 by all three surveys: Vienna (Austria) and Auckland (New Zealand) identifying them as great places to live where the quality of living is high. Countries with the most cities ranked in the surveys include Australia with (4) and Canada, Germany, Switzerland with (3). 

World’s most livable cities

What made these cities great, according to these surveys was:

  • good safety and low crime
  • strong international connectivity
  • liveable climate/sunshine
  • quality of infrastructure and architecture
  • access and quality of public transportation
  • high level of tolerance
  • sound management of environmental issues including pollution
  • favourable business conditions
  • pro-active policy developments
  • access and quality of medical/health care including hygiene
  • access and quality of education
  • quality and quantity of cultural assets
  • access and quality of recreation activities and natural assets
  • political-economic stability
  • quality of urban design (sprawl, green space)

As an Aussie living in Brisbane, I can only agree with the surveys that identify Australia as a great place to live. If I were to select just four from the long list above as the reasons why I think Australia ranks so high as a great place to live, I would say:

  1. liveable climate/sunshine where as a ‘sunburnt country’, the sun shines constantly on your back making all your problems evaporate in our cities that enjoy a mostly temperate climate.
  2. political-economic stability with over 20 past years of positive economic growth and a 100+ year old democratic system that has seen many changes of power without riots or bloodshed.
  3. access and quality of recreation activities and natural assets with 75% of Aussies living within an hour of the 37,000 km coastline with its countless idyllic beaches or just turn off the highway at any point to soon enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Aussie bush.
  4. access and quality of medical/health care including hygiene with a universal heathcare system that gives rich and poor equal access to quality health care.

Australia, a country bathed in sunshine …

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