WORK-LIFE BALANCE / NOV. 24, 2014
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Top 10 Best Cities to Live in -2014

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1. Melbourne, Australia
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•Overall rating (100= ideal) 97.5

•Stability 95

•Healthcare 100

•Culture and Environment 95.1

•Education 100

•Infrastructure 100

London, New York and Tokyo don’t even feature in the top ten of the Economist’s respected ‘Liveability Index’, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The index crunches 30 “qualitative and quantitative” indicators across five, key, weighted categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, infrastructure and education resources. A total of 140 cities are included in the analysis.

How the Liveability Index is calculated – in brief

The Liveability Index score is arrived at using the category weights, which are then subdivided equally into relevant subcategories or indicators, to make sure that the score incorporates as many indicators as possible. An example of a subcategory under the stability category is: “prevalence of petty crime”. These indicators are weighted to produce a score - a score of 1 means “intolerable” and a maximum score of 100 means “ideal”. Qualitative variables are given an “EIU rating” based on the opinion of experts (source: Liveability index). For more, in-depth information about the methodologies used to gnerate the scores, click on any of the links above.

Have a look to see which cities make the index’s top ten.

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