The 50 most livable cities in the world in 2018

Time OutMelbourne, Australia, is one of the most livable cities in the world — but for the first time in eight years, it’s not the highest on the list.
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit released its annual Global Liveability Index, measuring the most livable cities in the world.
  • For the first time in eight years, Melbourne, Australia, did not finish in the No. 1 spot.
  • The cities were judged by metrics like crime rates, healthcare quality, infrastructure, and levels of corruption.
  • The US had several cities on the list, but none in the top 20.

When it comes to choosing a place to live, there are several factors to consider – climate, transportation options, and crime rates, to name a few.

Although it’s hard to find a perfect match, a few select cities have the perfect combination of factors that make them the most livable in the world.

The Economist Intelligence Unit released its annual Global Liveability Index, and for the first time in eight years, Melbourne, Australia, did not take the top spot on the list.

The Economist ranked 140 major cities by averaging the results of five metrics:

  • Stability, including the prevalence of petty and violent crime, the threat of terror, and the threat of military conflict
  • Healthcare, including the availability and quality of healthcare, both public and private
  • Culture and environment, including climate, level of corruption, level of censorship, and sporting availability
  • Education, including the availability and quality of private education
  • Infrastructure, including the quality of road networks and public transport, the availability of good quality housing, the quality of telecommunications, and the quality of water and energy provisions

If you’re looking for an American city, you won’t find one near the top – Honolulu was the highest American city on the list at 23, and the next one on the list was Pittsburgh at 32.

Read on to see the 50 most livable cities in the world for 2018.


T-50. Los Angeles, USA

blvdone/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 88.6

Stability: 75.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


T-50. Atlanta, USA

Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 88.6

Stability: 75.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


49. San Francisco, USA

Luciano Mortula – LGM/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 88.7

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 83.3

Infrastructure: 85.7


48. London, UK

Yolanta/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.1

Stability: 75.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 100.0

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


T-46. Seattle, USA

Asif Islam/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.5

Stability: 75.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 95.8

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-46. Milan, Italy

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.5

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


T-44. Miami, USA

Courtesy of TripAdvisor

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.8

Stability: 80.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


T-44. Chicago, USA

Scott Olson/Getty Images

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.8

Stability: 80.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


43. Reykjavik, Iceland

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.9

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 95.8

Culture and environment: 82.6

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 85.7


42. Boston, USA

Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 90.5

Stability: 80.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


41. Dublin, Ireland

Overall rating (out of 100): 90.7

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 92.8

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 87.5


T-39. Minneapolis, USA

James Kirkikis/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 90.9

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 85.9

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


T-39. Madrid, Spain

Overall rating (out of 100): 90.9

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


T-37. Washington DC, USA

Orhan Cam/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 91.2

Stability: 80.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-37. Singapore

Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Overall rating (out of 100): 91.2

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 76.6

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


T-35. Manchester, UK

Overall rating (out of 100): 91.3

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 96.5

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 85.7


T-35. Hong Kong

Overall rating (out of 100): 91.3

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 83.1

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


34. Budapest, Hungary

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.0

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 91.1


T-32. Stockholm, Sweden

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.1

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 91.2

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-32. Pittsburgh, USA

Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.1

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 87.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-30. Lyon, France

Flickr Creative Commons/Pedro Szekely

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.5

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 88.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


T-30. Barcelona, Spain

Shutterstock/Georgios Tsichlis

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.5

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


29. Brussels, Belgium

Koverninska Olga/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.7

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 91.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


28. Dusseldorf, Germany

Alen Djuderija Photography/ Flickr

Overall rating (out of 100): 93.0

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 94.9

Education: 75.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


27. Oslo, Norway

Overall rating (out of 100): 93.4

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 88.7

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 100.0


26. Wellington, New Zealand

Overall rating (out of 100): 93.6

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


25. Munich, Germany

Overall rating (out of 100): 93.8

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 89.3


24. Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.0

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 93.3

Education: 83.3

Infrastructure: 92.9


23. Honolulu, USA

Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.1

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 88.0

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


22. Brisbane, Australia

Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.3

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 93.5

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 85.7


21. Berlin, Germany

canadastock/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.7

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 100.0


T-19. Paris, France

Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.8

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-19. Montreal, Canada

Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.8

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 90.0

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


18. Hamburg, Germany

Shutterstock/canadastock

Overall rating (out of 100): 95.0

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 93.5

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 100.0


17. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 95.3

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4


16. Helsinki, Finland

Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 95.6

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 88.7

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-14. Perth, Australia

becauz gao/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 95.9

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 88.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


T-14. Geneva, Switzerland

bluejayphoto/iStock

Overall rating (out of 100): 95.9

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 94.9

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-12. Frankfurt, Germany

Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 96.0

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 100.0


T-12. Auckland, New Zealand

AsiaTravel / Shutterstock.com

Overall rating (out of 100): 96.0

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 95.8

Culture and environment: 97.9

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


11. Zurich, Switzerland

Overall rating (out of 100): 96.3

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 96.3

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4


10. Adelaide, Australia

Shutterstock/amophoto_au

Overall rating (out of 100): 96.6

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 94.2

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


9. Copenhagen, Denmark

S-F/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 96.8

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 95.8

Culture and environment: 95.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


T-7. Toronto, Canada

Taxiarchos228 / Wikimedia Commons

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.2

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


T-7. Tokyo, Japan

Koichi Kamoshida/Getty

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.2

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


6. Vancouver, Canada

Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.3

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 100.0

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


5. Sydney, Australia

iPhoto-Thailand/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.4

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


4. Calgary, Canada

Menno Schaefer / Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.5

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 90.0

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


3. Osaka, Japan

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.7

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 93.5

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


2. Melbourne, Australia

Time Out

Overall rating (out of 100): 98.4

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 98.6

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


1. Vienna, Austria

VitalyEdush/iStock

Overall rating (out of 100): 99.1

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 96.3

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0

NOW WATCH: Executive Life videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.