US Cities Score Poorly On The Economist's New Livability Index

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and Buzzdata selected the “spatially adjusted living index” as the best new tool for evaluating quality of life. This method, selected in a competition, looks at green space, urban sprawl, pollution, isolation, cultural assets and other “spacial” aspects.

The new index ranked Hong Kong as the best city, followed by Amsterdam, Osaka and Paris.

The highest ranked US city was Washington DC at 14.

EIU admits there are some incongruities in the new ranking. Even in their more established ranking, however, no US city ranks in the upper echelon.

Here’s a look at the top 20:

Spatially Adjusted Liveability Index


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