The accolade comes as Melbourne is also named Australia’s fastest growing city, ahead of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Sydney. The rating is based on an exceptional performance in the categories of political and social stability, low crime rates, access to quality healthcare and education. Other considerations were its high standards of cultural diversity, the natural environment, infrastructure, public transport and prestigious cultural events.

The city is now home to four million people and is said to have a resilient economy. This has been helped by its competitive and successful business environment, a thriving arts and cultural scene, food and wine, the education sector, sports and entertainment, and reliable infrastructure.

A statement from Economist Intelligence Unit said “Vancouver was in joint first position with Melbourne in the 2002 survey. Melbourne now replaces Vancouver as the most liveable city in the survey.

“The general conditions required for a location to be awarded a high liveability ranking continue to be well reflected in Australian and Canadian cities.”

Melbourne developer Central Equity will be returning to London for a sneak preview of their next Melbourne Apartment project. Melbourne Property Info Sessions takes place in London for 4 days from Thursday Nov 10 until November 13 at the Sheraton Park Tower, 101 Knightsbridge London.  They’ll be running sessions on how to buy, lease and manage a Melbourne investment property while living in the UK –