Manchester is now by far the most liveable city in the UK according to the latest Economist Intelligence Unit annual global survey.
The survey which ranks Cities across the world according to political and social stability, crime, education and access to healthcare, put the Austrian capital Vienna in first place, the first time that a European City has topped the rankings and overtaking Melbourne in Australia.
The survey attributes Austria’s capital’s rise to the top to increased security scores due to a return to relative stability across much of Europe after high-profile terrorist attacks in recent years.
Manchester saw the biggest improvement of any European city, rising by 16 places to rank 35th in the survey and thirteen places ahead of London.
This year, survey editor Roxana Slavcheva said Manchester had “shown resilience in the city’s recovery from a recent, high-profile terrorist attack, which previously shook up stability”.
Other cities in the top ten includedOsaka,Calgary,Sydney,Vancouver,Tokyo,Toronto, Copenhagen and Adelaide.
At the other end of the scale, Damascus in Syria was ranked as the least liveable in a list which also included Dkaha in Bangladesh and Lagos, Nigeria
On a larger scale, global livability has improved for the second year in a row, increasing from 74.8% last year to 75.7% in 2018.