Auckland ranked 8th most 'liveable' city globally in 2017, but Wellington decreases in overall score

The Economist's 2017 "livability" ranking of global cities has Auckland remaining in a prominent 8th position, but Wellington has followed a global trend of cities decreasing in livability.

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For the sixth straight year, Melbourne was the most liveable city in the world, with six of the top 10 ranked cities coming from Australia and Canada.

Auckland scored 95.7 out of 100 on the liveability scale which measures 30 factors related to safety, health care, educational resources, infrastructure and the environment to calculate scores for 140 cities.

The Economist reported a decrease in liveability in a fifth of cities surveyed over the past year, and Wellington was one of those.

The cause for many city's drop in liveability was the threat of terrorism - including Sydney and Manchester. 

Unsurprisingly due to its devastating civil war, the least livable ranked city was Syria's Damascus, scoring just 30.2 out of 100. 

The top 10 ranked cities for liveability were identical to last year:

1. Melbourne

2. Vienna

3. Vancouver

4. Toronto

5= Calgary

5= Adelaide

7. Perth

8. Auckland

9. Helsinki

10. Hamburg