The 50 most livable cities in the world in 2018

  • The Economist Intelligence Unit released its annual Global Liveability Index, measuring the most livable cities in the world.
  • For the first time in eight years, Melbourne, Australia, did not finish in the No. 1 spot.
  • The cities were judged by metrics like crime rates, healthcare quality, infrastructure, and levels of corruption.
  • The US had several cities on the list, but none in the top 20.

When it comes to choosing a place to live, there are several factors to consider – climate, transportation options, and crime rates, to name a few.

Although it’s hard to find a perfect match, a few select cities have the perfect combination of factors that make them the most livable in the world.

The Economist Intelligence Unit released its annual Global Liveability Index, and for the first time in eight years, Melbourne, Australia, did not take the top spot on the list.

The Economist ranked 140 major cities by averaging the results of five metrics:

  • Stability, including the prevalence of petty and violent crime, the threat of terror, and the threat of military conflict
  • Healthcare, including the availability and quality of healthcare, both public and private
  • Culture and environment, including climate, level of corruption, level of censorship, and sporting availability
  • Education, including the availability and quality of private education
  • Infrastructure, including the quality of road networks and public transport, the availability of good quality housing, the quality of telecommunications, and the quality of water and energy provisions

If you’re looking for an American city, you won’t find one near the top – Honolulu was the highest American city on the list at 23, and the next one on the list was Pittsburgh at 32.

Read on to see the 50 most livable cities in the world for 2018.


T-50. Los Angeles, USA

Foto: sourceblvdone/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 88.6

Stability: 75.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


T-50. Atlanta, USA

Foto: sourceSean Pavone/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 88.6

Stability: 75.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


49. San Francisco, USA

Foto: sourceLuciano Mortula – LGM/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 88.7

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 83.3

Infrastructure: 85.7


48. London, UK

Foto: sourceYolanta/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.1

Stability: 75.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 100.0

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


T-46. Seattle, USA

Foto: sourceAsif Islam/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.5

Stability: 75.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 95.8

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-46. Milan, Italy

Foto: sourcecolores/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.5

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


T-44. Miami, USA

Foto: sourceCourtesy of TripAdvisor

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.8

Stability: 80.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


T-44. Chicago, USA

Foto: sourceScott Olson/Getty Images

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.8

Stability: 80.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


43. Reykjavik, Iceland

Foto: sourcevictoriaashman / iStock

Overall rating (out of 100): 89.9

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 95.8

Culture and environment: 82.6

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 85.7


42. Boston, USA

Foto: sourceSean Pavone/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 90.5

Stability: 80.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


41. Dublin, Ireland

Foto: sourcedaspunkt/Flickr

Overall rating (out of 100): 90.7

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 92.8

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 87.5


T-39. Minneapolis, USA

Foto: sourceJames Kirkikis/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 90.9

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 85.9

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


T-39. Madrid, Spain

Foto: sourceSean Pavone/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 90.9

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


T-37. Washington DC, USA

Foto: sourceOrhan Cam/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 91.2

Stability: 80.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-37. Singapore

Foto: sourceSuhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

Overall rating (out of 100): 91.2

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 76.6

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


T-35. Manchester, UK

Foto: sourceShutterstock/E. R. Meeks

Overall rating (out of 100): 91.3

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 96.5

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 85.7


T-35. Hong Kong

Foto: sourceRonnie Chua/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 91.3

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 83.1

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


34. Budapest, Hungary

Foto: sourcephoto.ua / Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.0

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 91.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 91.1


T-32. Stockholm, Sweden

Foto: sourcetarquingemstone/Flickr

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.1

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 87.5

Culture and environment: 91.2

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-32. Pittsburgh, USA

Foto: sourceSean Pavone/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.1

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 87.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-30. Lyon, France

Foto: sourceFlickr Creative Commons/Pedro Szekely

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.5

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 88.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


T-30. Barcelona, Spain

Foto: sourceShutterstock/Georgios Tsichlis

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.5

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


29. Brussels, Belgium

Foto: sourceKoverninska Olga/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 92.7

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 91.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


28. Dusseldorf, Germany

Foto: sourceAlen Djuderija Photography/ Flickr

Overall rating (out of 100): 93.0

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 94.9

Education: 75.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


27. Oslo, Norway

Foto: sourceGrisha Bruev/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 93.4

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 88.7

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 100.0


26. Wellington, New Zealand

Foto: sourceDestinationsInNewZealand / Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 93.6

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


25. Munich, Germany

Foto: sourceSean Pavone/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 93.8

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 89.3


24. Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Foto: sourceWolfgang Staudt/Flickr

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.0

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 93.3

Education: 83.3

Infrastructure: 92.9


23. Honolulu, USA

Foto: sourceShutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.1

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 91.7

Culture and environment: 88.0

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


22. Brisbane, Australia

Foto: sourceShutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.3

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 93.5

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 85.7


21. Berlin, Germany

Foto: sourcecanadastock/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.7

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 100.0


T-19. Paris, France

Foto: sourceShutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.8

Stability: 85.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-19. Montreal, Canada

Foto: sourceShutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 94.8

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 90.0

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


18. Hamburg, Germany

Foto: sourceShutterstock/canadastock

Overall rating (out of 100): 95.0

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 93.5

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 100.0


17. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Foto: sourceShutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 95.3

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4


16. Helsinki, Finland

Foto: sourceShutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 95.6

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 88.7

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-14. Perth, Australia

Foto: sourcebecauz gao/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 95.9

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 88.7

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


T-14. Geneva, Switzerland

Foto: sourcebluejayphoto/iStock

Overall rating (out of 100): 95.9

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 94.9

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4


T-12. Frankfurt, Germany

Foto: sourceShutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 96.0

Stability: 90.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 100.0


T-12. Auckland, New Zealand

Foto: sourceAsiaTravel / Shutterstock.com

Overall rating (out of 100): 96.0

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 95.8

Culture and environment: 97.9

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


11. Zurich, Switzerland

Foto: sourceJoern Pollex/Getty

Overall rating (out of 100): 96.3

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 96.3

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4


10. Adelaide, Australia

Foto: sourceShutterstock/amophoto_au

Overall rating (out of 100): 96.6

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 94.2

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


9. Copenhagen, Denmark

Foto: sourceS-F/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 96.8

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 95.8

Culture and environment: 95.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


T-7. Toronto, Canada

Foto: sourceTaxiarchos228 / Wikimedia Commons

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.2

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 97.2

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 89.3


T-7. Tokyo, Japan

Foto: sourceKoichi Kamoshida/Getty

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.2

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


6. Vancouver, Canada

Foto: sourceShutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.3

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 100.0

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 92.9


5. Sydney, Australia

Foto: sourceiPhoto-Thailand/Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.4

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 94.4

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


4. Calgary, Canada

Foto: sourceMenno Schaefer / Shutterstock

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.5

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 90.0

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


3. Osaka, Japan

Foto: sourcelkuni/iStock

Overall rating (out of 100): 97.7

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 93.5

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 96.4


2. Melbourne, Australia

Foto: sourceTime Out

Overall rating (out of 100): 98.4

Stability: 95.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 98.6

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0


1. Vienna, Austria

Foto: sourceVitalyEdush/iStock

Overall rating (out of 100): 99.1

Stability: 100.0

Healthcare: 100.0

Culture and environment: 96.3

Education: 100.0

Infrastructure: 100.0

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