The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Annual Ranking Reveals the Most Livable Cities
In a year that has witnessed numerous global challenges, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has released its annual list of the best cities to live in for 2023. The comprehensive survey, which covers 173 cities around the world, provides an insightful perspective on the quality of life, stability, and overall livability in urban areas.
Topping the list is the picturesque capital of Austria, Vienna, which has once again been named the best city to live in. Vienna is renowned for its high living standards, efficient public services, and strong cultural offerings. It has consistently maintained its reputation for being a safe and welcoming city for residents and expatriates alike.
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, takes second place on the list. Its emphasis on sustainable living, excellent healthcare, and world-class education systems has contributed to its high ranking. Melbourne, Australia, comes in third, while Sydney, another Australian gem, ranks fourth, showing the country’s commitment to offering an exceptional quality of life.
Vancouver, Canada, secures the fifth spot, followed by Zurich, Switzerland, and Calgary, Canada. Geneva, Switzerland, Toronto, Canada, and Osaka, Japan, complete the top ten. New Zealand’s Auckland is also among the top cities to live in, tied at the tenth position.
Notably, several Australian cities make their way into the list, with Perth and Adelaide ranked at the twelfth spot. Wellington, New Zealand, secures the twenty-third place, and Stuttgart, Germany, stands at twenty-fifth.
Cities from various corners of the globe make appearances on the list. For instance, Lyon, France, is at thirty-seventh place, while Stockholm, Sweden, and Manchester, United Kingdom, share the forty-fourth position with Rotterdam, Netherlands. London, United Kingdom, takes the forty-sixth spot.
In the United States, Los Angeles ranks at fifty-seventh, while Edinburgh, United Kingdom, is at fifty-eighth. San Diego, United States, is close behind at sixty-first. Hong Kong shares the same ranking, illustrating its unique blend of modernity and tradition.
However, the list also underscores the disparities in livability around the world, as many cities struggle with various challenges. For instance, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, ranks at one hundred and fifty-seventh, while Douala, Cameroon, is at one hundred and sixty-four. The survey highlights the severe difficulties faced by cities such as Harare, Zimbabwe, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, and Karachi, Pakistan, which are among the lowest-ranked cities.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual survey not only celebrates the cities that provide exceptional living conditions but also serves as a reminder of the challenges that persist in urban areas worldwide. This comprehensive ranking offers valuable insights into the state of cities globally and can inform policymakers, businesses, and individuals seeking to improve their quality of life.
As the world continues to evolve, these rankings provide an important reference point for understanding which cities are making the most significant strides in ensuring the well-being of their residents and the challenges that still need to be addressed in others.