Of all the idiotic ‘awards’ handed out, The Economist’s ‘Most Livable City’ must surely rank near the top.
Nevertheless, Australian cities continue to plunge down the rankings:
The Austrian capital, Vienna, topped the rankings for the first time since 2019, with Melbourne in 10th spot — the highest-ranked Australian city — and tied with Osaka.
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Adelaide — which was ranked second in last year’s index — has fallen to 30th, Perth has fallen 26 spots to 32nd and Brisbane has dropped 17 spots to 27th.
Melbourne had topped the list from 2011 to 2017 before being overtaken by Vienna.
The Victorian capital rated highly for education and infrastructure, but was well behind other cities in the top 10 when it came to healthcare.
Who believes The Economist’s liveability rankings anyway? It only ranks the comfort of cities for executives, rather than ordinary folk, and its report is sold to corporations so they can decide on extra pay levels for executives who move abroad.
There is another index called the Mercer Quality of Living Index, which looks at which cities provide the best quality of life. While this index has been suspended since 2019 due to COVID, this index ranked no Australian city ranked in the top 10 of most liveable:
It is also worth noting the urban/metropolitan populations of these top 10 cities:
- Vienna: 2.9 million
- Zurich: 1.8 million
- Vancouver: 2.6 million
- Munich: 6 million
- Auckland: 1.7 million
- Dusseldorf: 2.9 million
- Frankfurt: 2.3 million
- Copenhagen: 2.1 million
- Geneva: 1 million
- Basel: 570,000
As you can see, only one of these cities (Munich) has a bigger population than Sydney (5.4 million) and Melbourne (5.1 million).
Any objective analysis of the facts would conclude that liveability across Australia’s major cities have been badly eroded this century as their populations have swelled on the back of extreme immigration.
The result has been a shocking decline in housing affordability and quality, worse traffic congestion, crush-loaded public transport, schools and hospitals, etc.
Liveability will continue to deteriorate if our mad policy markers continue to pursue the ‘Big Australia’ mass immigration policy, which will swell the populations of our major cities by millions.