Since I’ve been writing this blog, whenever a new Economist Intelligence Unit’s Liveability Survey comes out, I have always written about it here.
- In June 2009 I wrote And the Best City Ever to Live In is….
- In February 2010 Australia: Far Too Dangerous and Way Too Livable
- Then in March 2011 Melbourne Moves Into Second Place…
- Which was updated in September 2011 with Melbourne: Now the World’s Most Liveable City
I think I’ve written enough about this survey to no longer need to explain it, so here’s the latest top 10 as at August 2012…
- Melbourne, Australia
- Vienna, Austria
- Vancouver, Canada
- Toronto, Canada
- Calgary, Canada
- Adelaide, Australia
- Sydney, Australia
- Helsinki, Finland
- Perth, Australia
- Auckland, New Zealand
So, four from Australia, one in New Zealand, three from Canada and then one each from Austria and Finland. We haven’t done bad down this part of the world, have we?
Movers and shakers from Australia are Adelaide up 3 places to joint fifth with Sydney and Perth dropping down one place to 7 & 9 respectively. Melbourne though, remain in the top slot, whilst Brisbane has managed to squeeze back in to the top 20, in 20th position, up one place from last year.
Looking back at my old stomping ground, London has slipped down to 55th position from 53rd last year and its position of 51st from my first post on the subject.
Australia’s liveable cities
The biggest surprise here, which seems to be causing quite a stir in these parts, (I mean Brisbane) is how come we are so low down? Personally, out of all the cities there are in the world, I’ll settle for 20th.
After all, we don’t want everyone knowing how great it is here in Brisbane.
I’m too polite to use the word bunkum (how ever much I love that word) to describe this survey. Besides, it would be hypocritical of me to do so after all the trumpeting I gave it when Brisbane was 16th. The survey though, does have its shortcomings, as I’ve mentioned in other posts.
The biggest alarm here appears to surround how Adelaide can be higher than Brisbane…
“After all, if you want to live in a cemetery, live in Adelaide.” Jim Kennedy, well-known Brisbane company director.
Queensland’s richest person Clive Palmer didn’t like the idea of Adelaide being more liveable than Brisbane either.
“I find that very hard to believe,” he said.
I must admit, I do too.
I’m not bashing Adelaide, I loved the place when I was there, I wrote about that in my post called At Last. A Hot and Sunny Day in Australia. It’s just that I prefer Brisbane.
So come on, let’s big the place up. Here’s Brisbane! Looky at the beauty…