These Are the Most Liveable Cities in the World for 2021

The bi-annual report looks at the most liveable cities around the world.

The Economist's Intelligence Unit has just released the latest edition of its Global Liveability Index.

The bi-annual report looks at the most liveable cities around the world. In total, 140 cities were ranked in five different areas: stability, healthcare, education, culture and environment, and infrastructure.

Auckland, the most populous urban area in New Zealand, topped the liveability rankings—thanks to the city's fast containment of COVID-19. Japan's Osaka and Australia's Adelaide landed in second and third place, respectively. It's also interesting to note that six out of the 10 cities on the list were in New Zealand and Australia.

Check out the top 10 most liveable cities for 2021 below.

  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

"New Zealand has been able to keep its theatres, restaurants and other cultural attractions open," the report said. "Students have been able to continue going to school, giving Auckland a 100% score for education. This has allowed the city to move up from sixth place in our autumn 2020 survey to first position in our March 2021 rankings. The New Zealand capital, Wellington, has also gained from this relative freedom, moving from 15th to joint fourth place in our current rankings."

According to the report, the overall global average liveability score went down seven points for this year's edition. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of cities also ranked lower for their handling of the health crisis, as well as the pace of the vaccination roll-outs.


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