Melbourne Moves Into Second Place…

The latest results for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Poll 2011 are out, how exciting is that?

Well, not at all really. Why?

Because, by and large, there’s very little change from last year’s Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Poll. So, maybe I don’t need to write a post today at all, all I need do is refer you back to last year’s entry about it, strangely called Australia: Far Too Dangerous.

So when I say “little change”, what are these little changes? Well, same as last year we have….

  • Sydney in seventh, unchanged.
  • Perth and Adelaide joint eighth, again, unchanged.
  • Brisbane still in 21st, same as last year.
  • And Melbourne, yes, here’s a “little change”.

Melbourne has now nudged its way into second, after being third the previous two years. It has now moved itself 0.1 of a percent above Vienna. This is the only change in this year’s top 10.

Melbourne City As Viewed From Docklands

But still in top slot, still the world’s most liveable city according to the Economist, is Vancouver. They have held the number one position since I have been reporting on this poll, so they’ve been there at least three years.

What’s with Vancouver?

I’ve never been, so I just don’t know. They say it rains a lot in Vancouver, but at around 1200 mm a year, it’s no worse than Sydney or here in Brisbane, normally. This year though, of course, Brisbane would have loved to have only had 1200 mm of rain. Unfortunately, we had a bit more than that along with the rest of Queensland.

But it is very cold in Vancouver, that is undeniable. Highest summer temperatures are around 22°C, which, coincidentally is about the same as Brisbane’s average winter temperatures.

Winters in Vancouver are below 10° C but rarely drop below zero. In Canadian terms, this makes Vancouver one of its mildest cities.

If I have been reading in between the lines correctly whilst conducting my minimalist research on Vancouver’s climate, this means that when the rest of the country is covered in a blanket of snow, Vancouver gets slush. Snow, then melting snow. A bit more snow, a bit more melting snow. Then more slush.

If this sounds like the city for you, rather than say….

Henley Beach, Adelaide

Henley Beach, Adelaide

…. Then, I suppose, is each to his own.

What else in this years Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Poll?

  • Pittsburgh is the top US city at 29th.
  • Los Angeles is up to 44th.
  • New York holds 56th.
  • Manchester, up 3 to 42nd, the UK’s highest placed city.
  • London up one place to 53rd.

What’s up with Brisbane?

Only 21st?

Apparently, by comparison with our top 10 placed Australian cities, we let ourselves down in a few key areas. Firstly, infrastructure; our public transport isn’t as good as our neighbours and the availability of private schools lags behind a little. Brisbane also got marked down because of “humidity”.

Sounds a bit harsh to me! Humidity versus slush. Hmm, let me think.

Here’s the full top ten, clearly dominated by Canada and Australia.

1. Vancouver, Canada
2. Melbourne, Australia
3. Vienna, Austria
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
6. Helsinki, Finland
7. Sydney, Australia
8. (Joint) Perth, Australia
8. (Joint) Adelaide, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand

Source: Economist Blog

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  • Col B May 21, 2011, 1:48 am | Link

    The city of Bendigo, which was built from the Gold-mines rush in the 19th Century, is in the geographical heart of Victoria, is a liveable city with a population of under 105,000. It is Victoria’s 3rd biggest city after overtaking Ballarat for the first time in the year 2005, and is now 17th in the top twenty biggest cities of Oz.

    • BobinOz May 23, 2011, 6:20 pm | Link

      I drove through Bendigo and stopped off a while at Ballerat when we went on our road trip.

      We even went to the old mock up gold mine thing. Nice part of the country and some great old buildings around there. Love the open roads!

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