Cities in the U.S. aren't as "liveable" as those in Australia, Japan and Canada.
This is according to The Global Liveability Index 2018, an annual report by The Economist Intelligence Unit released August 14. Out of 140 cities around the world determined the most livable, not one American city made the top 20. Honolulu, Hawaii came closest, ranked No. 23 globally.
Vienna, Austria is ranked the No. 1 most liveable city in the world. This is the first time the city ranked as the most livable on the list, displacing Melbourne, Australia, which had a record seven-year winning streak. Melbourne is now ranked second.
For its methodology on ranking the cities, The EIU assessed which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions. Every city is assigned a rating of relative comfort for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories: stability (looking at things like crime, conflict and terrorism), healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.
Vienna and Melbourne scored maximum points of 100 in the healthcare, education and infrastructure categories, though Vienna edged forward in the stability category with 100 points (Melbourne ranked 95). In the culture and environment category, Vienna scored 96.3. The city's overall score was 99.1. Melbourne scored 98.4.
Canada and Australia both have three cities in the top 10: Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto, Canada and Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, Australia.
New to the top 10 is Japan, with Osaka and Tokyo making the cut.
Also new to the list this year is Copenhagen, Denmark.
The top 10 most liveable cities in the world, according to The Global Liveability Index 2018, are:
1. Vienna, Austria (99.1)
2. Melbourne, Australia (98.4)
3. Osaka, Japan (97.7)
4. Calgary, Canada (97.5)
5. Sydney, Australia (97.4)
6. Vancouver, Canada (97.3)
7. Toronto, Canada (97.2)
8. Tokyo, Japan (97.2)
9. Copenhagen, Denmark (96.8)
10. Adelaide, Australia (96.6)