Summary of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Liveability Survey


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The Economist Intelligence Unit's Liveability Survey summary
Financial crises and political conflicts leave their marks on the quality of life across the globe.


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The 2014 edition of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s survey on livability offers a succinct yet granular assessment of living conditions in 140 of the world’s cities. The survey’s ratings derive from an elaborate construct of qualitative and quantitative metrics that gauge what makes a city livable: its “stability, health care, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.” getAbstract commends this cogent reference to executives considering relocation, human resources professionals, business travelers and economic development specialists.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the Economist Intelligence Unit rates regions’ and cities’ living conditions
  • What factors determine the relative livability of a city.


Recent financial and political turmoil has affected living conditions throughout the world. On a scale of 1 to 100, where 1 is “intolerable” and 100 is “ideal,” the average global livability score is 75.33, down from 75.55 in 2013 and 76.01 in 2009. That five-year decline, reflecting upheavals in the...
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