28 Aug, 2013

Adelaide now the world’s fifth most liveable city for the second year running

ADELAIDE is the fifth most liveable city in the world for the second year running according to the latest global survey index by The Economist.

“This is a great result again for Adelaide, and we’ll be vying for the top spot next year,” said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood.

“Of course those of us that live here already know what a wonderful place it is to live, work and spend time but what I love about the result is that it tells the rest of the world as well,” he said.

“Congratulations to Melbourne on again being voted the world’s most liveable city, for the third year running, outperforming 140 cities, we are aiming to knock Melbourne from this position in the near future.”

Two other Australian cities were in the top 10 - Sydney, at seventh, and Perth at number nine.

“Major infrastructure works including the Victoria Square, Rundle Mall and Adelaide Oval and the Riverbank redevelopments put us in a good position to vie for the top spot,” said Stephen.

“And of course projects like Splash Adelaide and outdoor dining during the summer months and our new early evening economy strategy all come together to strengthen our position as a great place.”

The global liveability report surveys and assesses the best and worst living conditions of 140 locations around the world.

The survey is now a broad benchmarking tool used by city councils, organisations and corporate entities looking to compare one location with another, scoring cities based on political and social stability, crime rates and access to quality health care.

It also looks at diversity and standard of cultural events, natural environments, education and infrastructure, including public transport.

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Rebecca Draysey