Summary of The Global Liveability Report 2017

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Those contemplating a move to another city or country should use this report as a roadmap to the most habitable urban centers. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual survey assesses 30 metrics covering health care, stability, education, culture and environment, and infrastructure. Cities that top the rankings tend to be mid-sized metropolises with low population densities in more prosperous countries. Terrorism and political conflict, which affect everything from infrastructure to recreation, are the culprits behind the bottom-tier survey scores. getAbstract recommends this eye-opening report to human resources and relocation experts, as well as executives considering a change of address.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Which cities are the most livable, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual survey;
  • Which cities are the least livable; and
  • What factors set them apart.

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Melbourne, Australia, has taken top honors in 2017, for the seventh year running, as the world’s most livable city, followed closely by Vienna, Austria. Rounding out the top five are the Canadian cities of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary; Calgary tied with Adelaide, Australia, for fifth place. While the top cities haven’t changed from 2016’s rankings, 44 out of the 140 urban centers surveyed have risen or fallen in the rankings.

Terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom, France and other parts of Europe drove their cities’ stability scores lower. Civil unrest had...

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