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The World’s Most (and Least) Liveable Cities 2017

Every year, The Economist’s Intelligence Unit releases its ranking of the world’s 10 most and 10 least liveable cities. To assess living conditions, each city is rated according to factors grouped into five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. They are then given an overall rating. A rating of between 80 and 100 means that there are very few, if any, challenges to the standard of living while a rating of 50 or less means that there are severe restrictions on most aspects of living.

The top 10 cities are unchanged from 2016. Canada has three cities in the top five while Melbourne, Australia is ranked number one. The best performers are all in developed, Western countries but cities like London and Paris didn’t make the top 10, mainly due to terrorism. The worst performers tend to have high rates of crime, violence and/or political instability.

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