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Place and Liveability: Top 10 Liveable Cities



Liveability is an assessment of what a place is like to live in, using particular criteria; for example, environmental quality, social and cultural aspects, economic considerations and infrastructure.

social factors

Social factors relate to society and its organisation. Specifically, the social aspects of an area's liveability may include crime levels, access to education and medical care.

Environmental factors

The natural world and the impact humans have on its condition represent an area's environmental liveability. Key aspects of this factor include climate, the quality of the area's design, architecture and access to green spaces (parks).

Economic Factors

Economics is the study of the production, distribution and consumption of wealth. Economic factors; therefore, include access to jobs, affordable housing, shops and other retail outlets.

Cultural factors

Cultural factors generally relate to a society's celebration of the arts and other intellectual achievements. Churches, recreational facilities, entertainment venues, public libraries, restaurants and its ethinic diversity are all evidence of a community's culture.

Infrastructure Factors

Infrastructure relates to the physical resources a community requires to function effectively. Such resources may include roads, access to public transport and parking, cycle ways and maintenance of all these facilities.


Melbourne, Australia


Vancouver, Canada


Adelaide, Australia


Calgary, Canada


Sydney, Australia


Helsinki, Finland


Perth, Australia


Auckland, New Zealand