The annual rankings from the Economist Intelligence Unit list the most livable cities in the world in the year 2022.
As cultural institutions were shut, restaurant dining was restricted, and local economy suffered as a result of the pandemic restrictions, many urban centers around the world became less habitable. However, many of these urban hubs have once again become desirable locations to reside as cities all around the world return to the status quo.
The most livable cities in the world are shown on this map using annual rankings from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which take into account a variety of factors such as infrastructure, stability, healthcare, culture and environment, and education.
A Quick Note on Methodology
The ranking seeks to determine which locations throughout the world offer the best living conditions by allocating scores across the five categories for 30 quantitative and qualitative variables with the following weightings:
- Healthcare (20%)
- Culture & Environment (25%)
- Stability (25%)
- Education (10%)
- Infrastructure (20%)
A group of expert analysts classifies the qualitative aspects of the 30 criteria that make up these categories as acceptable, tolerable, uncomfortable, undesirable, or intolerable. A score is assigned to quantitative metrics based on a variety of the external data points. The final step is to weigh everything to produce a score between 1 and 100, with 100 representing the ideal.
Ranked: The 10 Most Livable Cities
Many of the most livable cities among the 172 cities in the list are in Europe. Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary are the only three cities in the top 10 that are located in Canada.
Vienna has been ranked first numerous times, most recently in 2019. The Austrian city only lost its top spot during the pandemic years because its renowned museums and restaurants were closed, according to the EIU.
Only one Asian city, Osaka, makes the top 10, sharing the tenth spot with Melbourne. Notably, no American city appears in the top ten.
Ranked: The 10 Least Livable Cities
Africa and Central Asia contain some of the world’s least habitable cities.
Conflict zones are present in many of the least livable cities, which lowers their scores. However, these areas are also home to some of the cities with the fastest population growth rates, offering many chances for those who are ambitious.
The Biggest Changes in Ranking
Let’s look at the cities that rose the most in the global rankings from the data from the previous year.
Here are the cities whose rankings have dropped the most from the report from the previous year.
Numerous Australian and New Zealand cities briefly fell in the rankings as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, according to the research.
It’s also important to note that numerous cities in Eastern Europe fell in the rankings as a result of their proximity to the conflict in Ukraine. Finally, due to the conflict, Kyiv was excluded from the survey this year.
Urbanization and Livability
Around 57 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2021, and projections indicate that this trend will continue.
Although urban areas offer greater facilities, the pandemic exposed numerous problems with urbanization and the concentration of huge populations. Cities are where healthcare services are under the most strain, and limiting public outings is one of the first responses to a global health emergency.
Cities may have pressures on their quality of life as a result of the rising cost of living, and governments may be compelled to reduce spending on public services. Nevertheless, city life continues to be favored by residents all across the world, with over two-thirds of all people expected to reside in cities by 2050.