Australia and Canada dominate 'most liveable cities' list
Vancouver is still the best city in the world, according to the annual liveable city list just released by the Economic Intelligence Unit. Second best is Melbourne and Vienna comes third.
Two more Canadian cities -- Toronto and Calgary -- round out the top five.
There were few surprises in this year's list, at the top or at the bottom.
But while Vancouver has occupied the top slot since 2007, a slip in grades from Vienna, last year's runner up, allowed Melbourne to leapfrog into second place.
The rest of the top 10 list continues to be dominated by other Canadian and Australian cities, with the exception of Finland's Helsinki, which ranked sixth, and New Zealand's Auckland, ranked at number 10.
The usual suspects from Africa and Asia occupy the bottom 10, with Zimbabwe's Harare once again languishing in last place due to flagging scores in stability and healthcare.
The exception is the Nepalese city of Kathmandu, which was ranked the bottom eight country in 2010, but has escaped the bottom 10 list this year.
Reuters reported that the most liveable Asian city title went to Japan's Osaka, which was ranked at number 12. Tokyo ranked at 18, Hong Kong several places behind at 31, and Beijing was 72nd.
Pittsburgh ranked as the top city in the United States at 29th place, ahead of Honolulu (30th), Los Angeles (44th) and New York (56th).
The cities were judged according to 30 factors across the categories of stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. The full report can be downloaded here.
The world's top liveable cities:
1. Vancouver, Canada
2. Melbourne, Australia
3. Vienna, Austria
4. Toronto, Canada
5. Calgary, Canada
6. Helsinki, Finland
7. Sydney, Australia
8. Perth, Australia
9. Adelaide, Australia
10. Auckland, New Zealand
Cities in the bottom 10:
131. Colombo, Sri Lanka
132. Dakar, Senegal
133. Tehran, Iran
134. Douala, Cameroon
135. Karachi, Pakistan
136. Algiers , Algeria
137. Lagos, Nigeria
138. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
139. Dhaka , Bangladesh
140. Harare, Zimbabwe