Global Liveability Index 2018


The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released the Global Liveability Index 2018, the ranking of 140 global cities based on their living conditions. The EIU is part of UK magazine ‘The Economist’ and provides forecasting and advisory services through research and analysis.

Delhi and Mumbai were the only two Indian cities that featured in the EIU’s annual index. Delhi was ranked at 112th position and Mumbai fetched 117th spot. The rankings of both Delhi and Mumbai have slipped by two places this year even as their liveability score remained unchanged due to improvements made by other cities.

• Austria’s capital Vienna has been ranked as the world’s most liveable city, displacing Australian city of Melbourne, which had held the record as the most liveable city for seven consecutive years. 

• Rounding off the top 3 are Vienna, Melbourne, Osaka as the most liveable cities.

• Three Canadian cities made it into top 10 this year – Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. 

• Syrian capital of Damascus continues to be ranked at the bottom of 140 cities despite the report noted that it has witnessed “a stabilisation in its dramatic decline in liveability”. 

• Dhaka in Bangladesh is the second worst city and Pakistan’s capital Karachi was ranked as the fourth worst city.

• The Global Liveability Index 2018, prepared by the EIU, ranks the 140 global cities based on their living conditions.

• It quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle in 140 cities worldwide, and assesses which locations provide the best living conditions.

• The survey rates cities worldwide based on 30 qualitative and quantitative criteria, which fall into five general categories: stability, health care, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.