Sunny Melbourne and War-torn Damascus at Opposite Ends of ‘Livability’ Report

Melbourne is the world’s most livable city, while Damascus is the least, according to The Economists’ annual Global Livability Ranking of 140 cities around the world.

The report considers 30 factors when evaluating a city’s livability, such as safety, healthcare, educational resources, infrastructure, and environment.

Besides ranking conflict-racked Damascus in last place, the report also listed Tripoli, Tunis, Cairo, and Bahrain amongst the 10 cities that witnessed the biggest falls in livability scores over the past five years, also mainly due to ongoing unrest. But Kuwait City and Dubai were amongst the 10 cities that improved the most over the same period.


The Least Livable Cities