A business unit of British magazine The Economist (Economist Intelligence Unit) has published an annual ranking of cities in terms of accomplishment and comfort. According to the study, the most liveable city in 2016 was the Australian Melbourne, the least – Syrian Damascus.
The authors of the study evaluated the city’s performance in five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.
The EIU report notes that over the past year in the world of increased terrorism and increased the number of riots that led to the deterioration of stability. The authors also noted a sharp decline in the average standard of living, declined in the last five years is 0.9%.
140 cities took part in the study in 2016, 71 showed a negative trend. The most dramatic drop was demonstrated by the Damascus and Kiev – the city fell in the list of more than 20 percentage points, is located on 140 and 131 respectively. Thus, Kiev was in the top ten least livable cities.
In addition to Damascus and Kiev, the significantly negative dynamics in the rating also showed an American Detroit and Moscow, a decrease of 5.7 and 5.6 percentage points respectively, finishing in 57th and 80th places.
The list of least friendly cities
Most liveable city, and in 2015, once again was named Australian of Melbourne, followed with a small margin settled by the Austrian Vienna and Vancouver and Toronto (Canada). Tenth place went to the German Hamburg.
The report notes that cities with a leading position in the ranking is small towns in developed countries, the population density which has a relatively low rate.
Large Metropolitan cities such as new York, London and Paris remain the most attractive hubs with a rich choice of places for rest and entertainment,” however, the authors note, because of the high levels of crime, overcrowding and transportation problems, city are not ideal for life.
The list of most favorable cities
The study notes that recently there has been a decline in the level of living of the American cities. This, says the report, due to the unrest and killings on the streets, whose number has significantly increased in recent years.
Afghan Kabul and Baghdad, the Iraqi who regularly occupy the last place in the rankings of cities that were not included in the report of the Economist Intelligence Unit.