Adelaide outperforms interstate rivals to be declared world's third most liveable city

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Adelaide has scaled the heights of a global ranking of the world's most liveable cities, reaching third spot overall and edging out its interstate rivals.

The Economist Intelligence Unit's latest Global Liveability Index — which considered factors including healthcare, education and infrastructure across 140 cities around the world — listed Adelaide just behind Auckland and Osaka, and just ahead of Wellington, in terms of local lifestyle.

Four of the top 10 cities are Australian, with the report attributing the strong showing to the nation's coronavirus response and travel restrictions.

Perth ranked in sixth spot, ahead of equal-eighth-ranked Melbourne, Brisbane in 10th spot and 11th-placed Sydney.

"Six of the top ten cities in the March 2021 survey are in New Zealand or Australia, where tight border controls have allowed residents to live relatively normal lives," the report states.
"Many European and Canadian cities have fallen down the rankings, having battled a second COVID-19 wave by restricting cultural and sporting events, and closing schools and restaurants."

The index awarded perfect scores to Adelaide for its healthcare and education, and the city of churches also rated highly in terms of stability and infrastructure.

"Everybody appreciates we've got a wonderful lifestyle — a very safe, sustainable lifestyle — and that's now being recognised right around the world," Premier Steven Marshall said today.


Melbourne, which has previously claimed top spot, was among the biggest climbers, jumping 16 spots up the global rankings, despite its healthcare score of 83.3 out of 100.

The data reflected in the survey was gathered in February and March, when cities "were at different stages of their battle" against coronavirus.

The Economist Intelligence Unit is affiliated with the traditionally pro-free market Economist newspaper and magazine.

Its bi-annual assessment noted that border closures, pandemic responses, "and the pace at which [cities] rolled out vaccination campaigns" had significantly affected the rankings, with Auckland singled out for praise.

"Owing to border closures and a consequently low COVID-19 case count, New Zealand has been able to keep its theatres, restaurants and other cultural attractions open," the report stated.

"Further down the rankings, the picture is grimmer, particularly in Europe. Vienna, capital of Austria, occupied the top spot throughout 2018-20 but has slipped down to 12th place for the current survey, following the second COVID-19 wave."

Damascus in war-torn Syria remains the world's least liveable city, according to the index.

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