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What Makes Your City Liveable?
January 26, 2012 @ 09:00 PM | By Jess Stephens

In August, the Economist Intelligence Unit announced their Global Liveability Survey for 2011. The result: Melbourne is the best city in the world to live in with a total score of 97.5! When the bi-annual ranking of 140 global cities was announced, Canadians were stunned. How had the city of Vancouver been ‘pipped at the post’ by the Aussies?


The Economist's World's 10 Most Liveable Cities 2011

  1. Melbourne Austraila, Score = 97.5
  2. Vienna Austria, Score = 97.4
  3. Vancouver Canada, Score = 97.3
  4. Toronto Canada, Score = 97.2
  5. Calgary Canada, Score = 96.6
  6. Sydney Australia, Score = 96.1
  7. Helsinki Finland, Score = 96.0
  8. Perth Australia, Score = 95.9
  9. Adelaide Australia, Score = 95.9
  10. Auckland New Zealand, Score = 95.7

The term ‘liveability’ simply refers to which locations on a global scale provide the best or the worst living conditions. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability rating is measured over five categories and takes into account certain challenges that affect a person’s lifestyle. These broad categories are:

  • Healthcare
  • Culture and environment
  • Education
  • Infrastructure

The exact make-up of a liveable city is a well-debated topic. Whilst some may consider education to be the most important factor, others would believe that the environment is the most imperative contributor to great living.

What makes a city liveable for you? Ask yourself what are the key factors that top your list and does your city fulfil your priorities? Personally, it is a number of specific things that fall into the broad liveability categories: living by the beach, a relatively low population, diversified culture, a good health system, an easy public transport system and a work-life balance.

Working for InterCall is a major contributor to my enjoying a great work- life balance. From getting on an audio conference call on the run with my mobile phone to joining an online meeting through an app on my tablet, InterCall is sustaining and supporting my busy lifestyle.

So whilst Melbourne has been voted the number one city to live in, like the Canadians, some people may not agree with this end result. As my company aids the work-life balance for me through conferencing, I can virtually make any city my number one—as long as it’s beachside that is!

What about you? If you don't live in one of these top-ranked cities, how do you make the most of where you are?

Jess Stephens is a marketing executive at InterCall in Asia Pacific, based in the Sydney office. When not working, she enjoys playing sport, travelling and photography.

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