The research group’s annual Global Liveability Report ranks 140 cities based on how comfortable it is to live there, scoring them on 30 factors including crime rates, quality of health care and even weather.
Melbournetopped the list for the seventh year in a row thanks to stellar scores for infrastructure ― the quality of roads, housing, etc. ― and education. Cities in Australia and Canada took six of the top 10 spots.
Meanwhile, the best-performing U.S. city was Honolulu in 17th place, a spokeswoman for The Economist told HuffPost. Scores for U.S. cities have dropped recently, the report says, citing protests related to Trump’s policies and actions and “a number of deaths of black people at the hands of police officers.”
In general, winners are “mid-sized cities in wealthier countries with a
relatively low population density,” the report says. While not in the top 10, cities like Reykjavik, Amsterdam and Budapest had improved scores this year.
10. Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg scored high in the health care category, which includes ratings for the availability of both public and private health services.
9. Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki scored a perfect 100 in the stability category, meaning civil unrest and conflict are rare here.
8. Auckland, New Zealand
This kiwi metropolis got great scores in the eduction category.
7. Perth, Australia
Perth nailed it in the infrastructure category, which rates a city's roads, public transportation and more.
6. (Tie) Adelaide, Australia
This fun and festive hangout scored highly for its health care.
6. (Tie) Calgary, Canada
Calgary hit a perfect 100 in three categories: stability, health care and education.
4. Toronto, Canada
Toronto's high score for stability means it's a peaceful place to call home.
3. Vancouver, Canada
Of the top 10 cities, Vancouver scored highest on culture and environment, which means it has great weather, food, sporting opportunities and more.
2. Vienna, Austria
Vienna's small population and low crime rates make it an ideal city, the report says.