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Published: Sat, August 20, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Manchester placed ahead of London in annual global liveability rankings

Manchester placed ahead of London in annual global liveability rankings

Sydney, for example, has fallen by four places, to move out of the 10 most liveable cities, owing to a heightened perceived threat of terrorism.

Victoria's coastal capital was followed by Austria's Vienna in second place, while Canada's Vancouver and Toronto have been ranked third and fourth respectively.

Jon Copestake, editor of the report, said: "It is hard to argue that one city is "better" than another but it can be argued that Manchester has marginally fewer obstacles to people's lifestyle because the threat of terrorism and petty crime is higher in London".

Over five years, 96 of the 140 cities surveyed have seen some change in overall liveability scores.

'Once again, we excelled in the five criteria: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Melbourne is only the world's most "liveable" city if you're vampire who subsists entirely on long blacks and vegan tacos. The fifth place was shared by Australia's Adelaide and Canada's Calgary. "Some cities have seen an improvement, but unfortunately more cities have seen a deterioration".

Crews lining up for the start of the Yarra Head of the River rowing classic
Crews lining up for the start of the Yarra Head of the River rowing classic

'These can foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure, ' it says.

Vanguard reports that Steve Ayorinde, Lagos State Commissioner for Information, could not be reached for comments last night as phone calls and text messages to his mobile number yielded no response. Hit hard by terrorism are cities in France, Turkey, the USA and Belgium.

The lowest-scoring cities mostly belonged to countries rife with civil unrest, war and continued threats from major terrorist groups.

At the other end of the spectrum, Damascus, Syria landed at the bottom of the heap, followed by Tripoli, Libya, Lagos, Nigeria, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The multicultural city also ranked highly regarding culture and the arts, along with maintaining its national title as the sporting and events capital with the Australian Open, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix and the Spring Racing Carnival amongst others.

Chinese cities saw slight declines in their liveability scores due to the ongoing territorial disputes taking place in the South China Sea, which has seen military escalation from several countries.

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