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Terror Threat Boots Sydney Out Of Liveable Top 10 Cities

A perceived terrorism threat has booted Sydney from the top 10 list of the world's most liveable cities, which again is led by Melbourne.

The Victorian capital topped the Economist Intelligence Unit's most liveable city index for the sixth year running on Thursday, again just pipping Austria's Vienna and Canadian duo Vancouver and Toronto.

Adelaide again landed fifth, tied with Calgary.

Sydney was surprisingly dumped from seventh to 11th with the index report owing the drop "to a heightened perceived threat of terrorism".

"Although the top five cities remain unchanged, the past year has seen increasing instability across the world, causing volatility in the scores of many cities," the report said.

The report owed the high rankings of Australian and Canadian cities to their wealth and medium density which can "foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure."

Melbourne Mayor Robert Doyle said retaining the title was a fantastic accolade.

"We do not take this title for granted and are constantly planning and implementing policies that will continue to improve our quality of life," he said.


1. Melbourne - 97.5 out of 100

2. Vienna - 97.4

3. Vancouver - 97.3

4. Toronto - 97.2

5. Adelaide and Calgary - 96.6

7. Perth - 95.9

8. Auckland - 95.7

9. Helsinki - 95.6

10. Hamburg - 95.0


* Damascus in Syria scored just 30.2 out of 100 and it wasn't much better for the capital cities of Libya, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea.


* 140 cities around the world rated on stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

* Melbourne topped the index with perfect scores for healthcare, education and infrastructure.

* Adelaide was equal fifth, Perth up one place to seventh, Sydney booted from seventh into 11th.

* The ranking of Brisbane, which was 18 last year, is yet to be published.


"I can't wait to make my annual phone call to Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver." - Melbourne mayor Robert Doyle

"Although 17.2 percentage points separate Melbourne in first place from Warsaw in 65th place, all cities in this tier can lay claim to being on an equal footing in terms of presenting few, if any, challenges to residents' lifestyles." - Everyone above 80 points is a winner, says the Economist Intelligence Unit's report.


* The Economist Intelligence Unit says the index is helpful for global businesses to determine how much extra they pay employees moving between cities.

* For example, it suggests bumping allowances by 20 per cent if employees have to move from Melbourne to PNG's Port Moresby.

Source: The Economist Intelligence Unit's Liveability Ranking 2016

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