The “Global Liveability Index” which assesses and contrasts the vastly differing quality of life of each city’s inhabitants, is the foundation of the study by which the list of the world’s most livable cities is chosen.
The Economist releases a list of the best cities for living conditions every year.
In 2022, the list was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the war in Ukraine, as Statista’s Anna Fleck explains below. Kiev was excluded from the survey, and Moscow and St. Petersburg both saw a decline in their scores as a result of “increased instability, censorship, imposition of Western sanctions and corporates withdrawing their operations from the country.” In light of growing geopolitical tensions, a number of Eastern European cities also saw their rankings decline.
Vienna, the capital of Austria, has once again been named the world’s most livable city. Three years have passed since the city held the top spot, but thanks to an abundance of opportunities for culture and entertainment, stability, good infrastructure, and top-notch healthcare, it has reclaimed the honor with an impressive score of 99.1 out of 100. The next two cities to wrap up the podium are the Swiss city of Zurich and the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen.
While Europe accounts for six of the top ten spots in the grouping, with two cities sharing the third and tenth spots, Canada is the best represented nation, with three metropolises (Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto) in the Top 10. According to the study, one of the reasons these Western and Canadian cities rank so high is due to their high Covid-19 vaccination rates and relaxation of city restrictions.
Cities in the United States are conspicuously absent from the upper brackets. Houston experienced one of the most precipitous falls from grace, falling 25 places to index number 56. Due to the early loosening of Covid restrictions, the city jumped to the top of the list in 2021. It was demoted once more as other cities opened up.
The “Global Liveability Index” which assesses and contrasts the vastly differing quality of life of each city’s inhabitants, is the foundation of the study. Its five subcategories are infrastructure, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and stability. There are 173 cities on the complete list.