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Published on August 15th, 2012

Melbourne crowned world’s most liveable city

Melbourne has edged out its closest rivals to become the world's most liveable city for the second year running.

The Economic Intelligence Unit's (EIU) most recent Global Liveability Report was released earlier this week (August 14) and saw Melbourne score an almost perfect score of 97.5 per cent.

And while the Victorian capital lost points for climate, culture and petty crime, it continues to perform well in each of the so-called liveability categories. This includes relatively high scores for stability, healthcare, education and infrastructure.

EIU survey editor Jon Copestake said that Melbourne was easily one of the best places to live, but he also pointed out that there wasn't much separating it from other Australian cities that also had top ten rankings such as Adelaide, Sydney and Perth.

"Australian cities continue to thrive in terms of liveability – not only do they benefit from the natural advantages of low population density, but they have continued to improve with some high profile infrastructure investments," Mr Copestake said in a statement.

"In Adelaide, projects completed in recent years under the Strategic Infrastructure Plan for South Australia have been enough to move the city above Sydney, whose score is unchanged (from 2011)."

The capital has in recent years made a name for itself as a great place to set up house, with ample employment opportunities, good infrastructure and a vibrant nightlife.

And it seems that these qualities have helped it beat close rivals Vienna and Sydney for a position at the top of the leader's board.

The 2012 global rankings were based on research conducted by the EIU and looked at a number of factors that can have an impact on an individual's lifestyle in order to rank 140 different cities in terms of liveability around the world.

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