People who live in Australia enjoy a high quality of life that is hard to beat. For example, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released its list of the world’s most livable cities in August 2016 and named Melbourne as the #1 most livable city in the world for 2016. This was the sixth consecutive year that Melbourne has been honored by The Economist as the best place on the planet to live out of the 140 major cities around the world that its researchers examined. In addition to Melbourne, the EIU included other Australian cities on its annual list of the world’s most livable cities, placing Adelaide fifth, Perth seventh, Sydney 11th and Brisbane 16th for quality of life. As with Melbourne, these cities in Australia have also been among the EIU’s top 20 most livable cities in the world for the past several years.
The EIU made its assessment of cities based upon the quality of their stability; healthcare; culture and environment; education; and infrastructure. Each city was given a score on the EIU livability scale, with 100 being a perfect score and zero considered the lowest score. Melbourne, which is located in the Australian state of Victoria, received 97.5 points out of 100. The South Australian city of Adelaide tied with the Canadian city of Calgary for 5th place with 96.6 points. Perth, which is in Western Australia, was given 95.9 points for livability. Australia’s largest city, Sydney, which is located in New South Wales, obtained 94.9 points. Brisbane, which is found in the Australian state of Queensland, was awarded 94.2 points out of 100 points possible. It should be noted that there are only 3.3 livability points between #1 Melbourne and #16 Brisbane. Since over half of Australians reside in these five major cities (i.e., Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide), it is accurate to say that the majority of people who live in Australia dwell in the world’s most livable cities. No wonder 200,000 people immigrate to Australia every year!
With Australia’s largest cities consistently considered as the best places to live year after year, it is not surprising that thousands of people apply to immigrate to Australia to experience its high standard of living. After all, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane are all situated along the Australian coast and boast beautiful beaches and spectacular seaside views. It also helps that the Australian economy is among the strongest in the world, avoiding recession for over 25 years and producing many jobs in Australia that skilled foreign workers have been able to obtain. If you would also like to immigrate to Australia and want to find out if you meet the eligibility requirements for the Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, click here!