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Australian Cities Amongst the Most Liveable in the World

embraceaustraliaadmin | Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 1:06 am

Sydney made it into the top 10 of Mercer's Quality of Living survey.

Sydney made it into the top 10 of Mercer's Quality of Living survey.

Australia has six of its cities listed in the top 50 of the most liveable cities ranked in the Mercer survey today – with Sydney in the top ten.

Mercer revealed its quality of living survey today and ranked a total of 221 cities, compared to 215 last year. Cities are ranked according to criteria that includes safety, education, hygiene, healthcare, culture, environment, recreation, political stability and public transport.

Top of the list is Vienna in Austria. Sydney comes tenth, up three places from last year. In total Australia has six cities in the top 50, beaten only by Germany and the United States who both have seven cities. Australia’s cities are; Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane which came in lowest at 36. Canberra is a new entry onto the list and very richly deserved. Mercer stated that many of the additions “are gaining popularity as expatriate destinations” which is certainly true of Canberra, a city that offers workers the highest income average in Australia.

Syndeysiders will no doubt be celebrating their promotion into the top ten of the most livable cities – is it any wonder that so many people are keen to emigrate to Australia? Especially when you consider that the UK has only one city listed in the top 50, coming in at no. 39 – London.

In addition to the most livable cities Mercer also did an Eco-city survey, ranking cities on water availability, water potability, waste removal, sewage, air pollution and traffic congestion. Again Australia features highly with all six cities making it into the top 50. Adelaide was ranked as seventh in the Eco-city index.

Australia does pride itself on its environmental credentials with huge swathes of land protected by the government. In fact it has no less than 14 areas protected by the World Heritage authority and six national parks.

So it’s good news all round for Australia who prove that they really do lead the way in providing quality of life and sustainability. If you want a slice of the good life Down Under then read our guide to living in Australia. We cover everything from getting an Australian visa to international removals and finding a job in Australia.

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