a {new} most livable city.

Who would have thought! After almost-10 consecutive years of Vancouver being the absolute-most-livable-city on the face this wonderful planet, Malbourne has now taken over that glory. I find this to be an amazing growth/opportunity, especially because it means cities all over the world are competing to better use their natural resources, be more environmentally-friendly, and encourage public transportation for the most part. Ranking of livability, according to the EIU, was based on a number of factors of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. In order to rank the cities, the EIU used qualitative measures of  acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable or intolerable. The report further explains how these factors were ranked; “Weighted values per each category prioritize the standards of the overall livability ranking. Stability, culture and environment, for example, comprise 25 percent each of the total livability value. Healthcare and infrastructure make up 20 percent each; and education accounts for only 10 percent.”

A study has found that a common ground between livable cities is the size of the city and its density. The report indicates that mid-sized cities with relatively low density tend to be more livable than the rest. “This can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure.” (source:thecityfix.com)

Vancouver, regardless of your ranks, I still very much admire your landscape and natural beauty. You are still one of my favorite cities in the world. Thank you for encouraging the rest of the world to become better!

To read more about this glorious achievement, fly to —->Melbourne (the most livable city in 2011)