The best cities in the world to live: ranking 2021

The best cities in the world to live: ranking 2021
The best cities in the world to live: ranking 2021

What are the more liveable cities – where yes lives better, in fact – of the world?

L’livability index published by the Intelligence Unit of The Economist (EIU) Ranking the cities where you live best based on over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors divided into five main categories:

  • stability,
  • health care,
  • culture and environment,
  • instruction,
  • infrastructure.

Following the pandemic, the ranking of the most liveable cities now takes into account new indicators, such as health resources and restrictions on local sporting events, theaters, concerts, restaurants and schools.

The best cities in the world: the ranking

«Six of the top ten cities in the March 2021 survey are located in New Zealand or Australia, where strict border controls have allowed residents to live relatively normal livesSaid the EIU when the survey was published.

The first place in the ranking of the most liveable cities in the world it is up to 2021 a Auckland, in New Zealand, thanks in large part to the successful management of the crisis linked to Covid-19 by the country which has allowed schools, theaters, restaurants and other cultural attractions to remain open (in reference to the observation period from 22 February to 21 March 2021).

New Zealand implemented a stringent nationwide lockdown lasting several weeks during 2020 in order to slow the spread of the virus, including closing its borders.

Here are the 10 most liveable cities in the world according to the Global Liveability Index 2021:

10) Brisbane, Australia



Score ranking most livable cities in the world: 92,4

Brisbane, the capital of the Australian state of Queensland, is the third most populous city in Australia. 32.2% of its inhabitants are foreigners, and the city is known for its distinctive architecture and its culinary and gastronomic culture. Brisbane is among the cities in Asia-Pacific with the highest GDP and is one of the main trading centers in Australia. The mining sector is particularly developed, together with the banking, IT and food sectors.

9) Melbourne, Australia



Score ranking most livable cities in the world: 92,5

Another Australian city: Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria and second most populous city in Australia. Today it is one of the most important financial centers in the Asia-Pacific region and ranks 27th globally in the 2020 global financial centers index.

8) Geneva, Switzerland



Score ranking most livable cities in the world: 92,5

The city is one of the global centers of diplomacy and is home to some of the richest people in the world. It is incredibly safe and its population is highly educated.

7) Zurich, Switzerland



Score ranking most livable cities in the world: 92,8

The city is known as the economic and cultural center of the country and is included in all existing rankings that list the best places to live in the world.

6) Perth, Australia



Score ranking most livable cities in the world: 93,3

Capital of the state of Western Australia, it is the fourth most populous city in Australia.

5) Tokyo, Japan



Score ranking most livable cities in the world: 93,7

Capital and main commercial and financial center of Japan, Tokyo is the city with the strongest economy in the world in terms of gross domestic product. In 2020 it ranked fourth in the index of the most powerful global financial centers, behind New York, London and Shanghai.

4) Wellington, New Zealand



Score ranking most livable cities in the world: 93,7

Capital of New Zealand, Wellington’s economy is primarily based on services, with a focus on finance and business services. It is the center of the country’s film industry and a hub for information technology and innovation.

3) Adelaide, Australia



Score ranking most livable cities in the world: 94,0

Another Australian city dominates the ranking of the best cities in the world: Adelaide, the capital of the state of South Australia, is known for great examples of religious freedom and progressive political reform throughout history. It is called “City of Churches” for the diversity of faiths it hosts.

2) Osaka, Japan



Score ranking most livable cities in the world: 94,2

Osaka is a major Japanese financial center. It is home to the Osaka Securities Exchange and electronics multinationals Panasonic and Sharp. Among the most famous monuments in Osaka, Osaka Castle, the Grand Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and Shitennō-ji, the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan, stand out.

1) Auckland, New Zealand (96.0)



Score ranking most livable cities in the world: 96,0

The city is spread over two large ports and is almost at the top of the list due to its balanced economy, idyllic setting and high levels of personal security. In 2021 it ranks as the most liveable city in the world.

The impact of Covid-19 on the ranking of the best cities to live

As specified by Simon Baptist, EIU’s global chief economist, the impact of Covid-19 is quite evident in the ranking of cities in order of best livability in 2021.

Cities in lockdown or protagonists of a surge in cases during the survey period have seen their score penalized, which is why the presence of European cities in the rankings is scarce.

For example, Vienna, which in recent years has always ranked among the top places among the best cities to live in, failed to enter the top 10 for 2021, ranking 12th.

The Hawaiian capital, Honolulu, is the city to record the strongest rise in the rankings, climbing 46 places to 14th place, thanks to its efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus and its rapid vaccination campaign.

The same report defines which are, in 2021, the least livable cities in the world:

Ten of the least livable cities in the world

  1. Caracas Venezuela
  2. Douala, Cameroon
  3. Harare, Zimbabwe
  4. Karachi, Pakistan
  5. Tripoli, Libya
  6. Algiers, Algeria
  7. Dacca, Bangladesh
  8. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  9. Lagos, Nigeria
  10. Damascus, Syria

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