It's Not So Grim Up North! Manchester Beats London, San Francisco And Seattle In List Of Most Liveable Cities In The World
- New study by the Economist Intelligence Unit says Manchester is the 53rd most liveable city in the world
- Melbourne is number one on list, followed by Vienna, with Damascus in Syria coming last
- The study looks at everything from the terrorism risks to the cultural offerings in 140 cities worldwide
Manchester is a better place to live than London, according to annual rankings of cities around the globe.
The capital held its place as the 53rd most liveable city in the world, but was 10 places behind Manchester, due to the increased threat of terrorism and petty crime in London.
The northern city, cradle of the Industrial Revolution, was placed above San Francisco and Seattle.
A new study by the Economist Intelligence Unit says Manchester is the 53rd most liveable city in the world
London was behind Iceland's capital and fishing hub, Reykjavik.
Across the world, Melbourne remained the most liveable city, followed by Vienna, with the worst place being Syria's war-torn capital, Damascus.
The annual Global Liveability Ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIUn) provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide.
Despite the 10 places between the two cities, the only UK ones surveyed, just 1.6% separates London's 'liveability' score of 87.2 from Manchester's of 88.8.
Meanwhile, is the 63rd most liveable city in the world, behind Iceland's capital and fishing hub, Reykjavik is London
Dublin beat both cities with a score of 89.5 and was ranked at number 40 globally.
Though London has more cultural attractions and a more robust infrastructure compared with Manchester, London's lower score reflects the perceived higher risk from terrorism and crime.
Neither city's scores changed this year from last, but Manchester improved its ranking as other European cities 'liveability' fell due to terror and political and economic instability.
Across the world, Melbourne remained the most liveable city, in fact, eight of the top 10 most liveable cities are in Australia, New Zealand and Canada
Vienna came second in the annual Global Liveability Ranking by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIUn), which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide
TOP TEN LIVEABLE CITIES
1. Melbourne, Australia
2. Vienna, Austria
3. Vancouver, Canada
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Adelaide, Australia
6. Calgary, Canada
7. Perth, Australia
8. Auckland, New Zealand
9. Helsinki, Finland
10. Hamburg, Germany
Jon Copestake, editor of the report, said: 'It is difficult to argue that one city is 'better' than another.
But it can be argued that Manchester has marginally fewer obstacles to people's lifestyle because the threat of terrorism and petty crime is higher in London.
'However, it will be interesting to see if this changes following the recent Brexit vote which has created a sense of political and economic uncertainty and could see foreign investment suffer in both cities.'
Eight of the top 10 most liveable cities are in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, with only Helsinki and Hamburg in Europe in the top 10.
The survey attempts to quantify the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle in each of the cities surveyed.
Each city is assigned a score for more than 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
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